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Medical marijuana: Jamestown committee recommends approving permit for facility

If all goes according to plan, a medical marijuana dispensary in Jamestown should be operating by July 15.

Tony Brewer, marketing manager for GR Vending ND, told the Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee Tuesday that the North Dakota Department of Health has requested the company have its retail dispensary in Jamestown in operation by that time.

GR Vending ND was awarded the license for Jamestown and three other dispensaries in North Dakota by the Department of Health. The company has submitted an application for a special use permit to operate the dispensary at 1530 Business Loop East, formerly known as the Jamestown Auto Center. The Jamestown special use permit has a cost of $4,000 and must be renewed by the company annually.

Brewer said the company had a contract in place to purchase the building from Casey Stoudt, although the closing would not be scheduled until after the licensing and permitting process is complete.

Brewer said the company would use about 5,000 square feet of the building to operate the retail marijuana dispensary under the business name Herbology.

The Finance and Legal Committee recommended approval of the special use permit pending background checks of the owners of the company. The Department of Health and the Jamestown Police Department will also perform background checks on all employees and volunteers who work at the dispensary.

Final action on the permit will be taken at the May 5 Jamestown City Council meeting.

In other business, the Jamestown Building, Planning and Zoning Committee heard a report from Tom Blackmore, city building inspector, on two buildings he said were dangerous in Jamestown.

The building at 202 Business Loop West and a garage at 1435 4th Ave. NW were damaged by snow this winter and Blackmore is working with the owners to either repair or demolish the structures. The committee also directed Blackmore to research and recommend a solution for the city-owned building located at 1100 Railroad Avenue that was also damaged by snow this past winter.

The committee recommended the passage of the first reading of ordinance changes to allow the waiving of requirements for off-street parking for businesses in the downtown area.