The Frederick County Council had questions for staff Tuesday about where and why current zoning laws would allow medical marijuana to be grown.
The council is looking at whether to let companies receive state licenses to grow the plant on agricultural property in the county. After discussing the topic for about an hour Tuesday, the council decided to ask for public comment on the topic at the end of an already scheduled meeting at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20.
Larry Smith, the county’s zoning administrator, has determined that current zoning laws would permit growing and processing of medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, in industrial zones only. And the laws would allow dispensing to take place only in village center, mixed use and general commercial zones. All the application requires is for the applicant to state whether local zoning laws would allow the operations, said David Severn, an attorney with Offit Kurman. Severn said he thinks the county’s current agricultural zoning allows growing medical marijuana. His clients — Larry Gude, Kevin Klink, and their team — are moving forward with plans on agricultural land despite the lack of clarity on the county’s part, he said. Growing cannabis is no different from growing any other plant or crop, Severn said. “From the zoning point of view, there is no difference,” he said. Click here to read more on Frederick News Post
ABOUT DAVID SEVERN
firstname.lastname@example.org | 240.772.5114 David A. Severn has been practicing law in Frederick MD, since 1980 and focuses his practice on land use, development and real estate. He represents clients in all aspects of the zoning and land use process appearing regularly before planning commissions, boards of appeal and legislative bodies of Frederick County, Washington County and their municipalities. He has served as lead counsel in numerous large and complex development projects including “Carroll Creek Park” a mixed use, public-private partnership re-development project in historic downtown Frederick modeled on River Walk in San Antonio, “Frederick Crossing”, the first large mixed use commercial retail/employment center in Frederick County and the redevelopment of the Frederick Towne Mall. David also works for the public sector in serving as legal counsel to the Town of Walkersville, the City of Brunswick, Frederick County and Washington County Public Schools for real estate and land use matters. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
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