Decatur City Council approves medical marijuana dispensaries

Decatur City Council approves medical marijuana dispensaries
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 6:59 PM CST
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - During the Decatur City Council meeting on Tuesday night, council members approved medical marijuana dispensaries.

The vote was 4-1, the one vote against the dispensaries came from Council president Jacob Ladner.

During a city council meeting on Nov. 28, Ladner expressed his opinion on what the approval could lead to.

“I get that other states have legalized it for medical purposes, but at the end of the day, it’s a violation of federal law,” Ladner said. “I think it’s kind of a first step toward the endgame, which is the use of recreational marijuana. think most people are opposed to it.”

Councilman Billy Jackson believed the regulations in place counter the potential recreational concerns.

“Even if you’re 21. If you don’t have a prescription, you can’t get it,” said councilman Jackson, “So I don’t see the risk that many people want to associate with this, I just don’t see that.”

The ordinance follows strict guidelines similar to the cities that are also allowing dispensaries such as Huntsville and Athens. Patients will need to meet qualifying medical conditions such as cancer-related pain, and the cannabis will not be smokable.

Andrea Hoffmeier who suffers from neuropathic pain told councilmembers this ordinance is for people like her.

“Coming out of the council meeting I had a woman come up to me and she thanked me for speaking about because she experiences neuropathic pain as well, and she said thank you so much. She felt that I was speaking for her,” said Hoffmeier.

The approval of medical marijuana dispensaries makes Decatur home to one of 37 legal cannabis dispensaries.