The Muskogee City Council rolled back controversial provisions of a proposed municipal ordinance on medical marijuana last night.
The original proposed ordinance caused concern among several medical marijuana advocacy groups, attorneys and residents due to a proposed home inspection requirement for home growers as well as limitations on what equipment could be used.
Before voting on the measure. Assistant City Attorney Matthew Beese addressed the council, outlining some changes to the proposed ordinance.
Beese explained that after studying the legal environment surrounding State Question 788, he and City Attorney Roy Tucker decided to strike all mention of home growing from the proposed statute.
“It looked to me like the various lawsuits that have been filed surrounding 788 factored into their thinking,” said local attorney Nathan Hendrickson, who was present at the meeting. “I knew there was a near certainty litigation over the ordinance as it was written. I think the city made the right move in saying in effect that 788 appeared to take a ‘less is more’ approach to regulation, and that should be the city’s guidepost moving forward.”
The ordinance as now proposed will regulate cannabis-related businesses in much the same way as any other new business in Muskogee.
However, Beese reminded the City Council that the state statute will certainly change, so the municipal ordinance will almost certainly change in the future.