MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Mon County commissioners are working through additional regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries with the health department and could make a final decision June 23. The Mon County Board of Health added regulations and amendments that some have compared to zoning regulations that would be out of scope of authority for the board.

Mon County has been approved for 14 of the 100 dispensaries authorized in the state. The Medical Cannabis Act was passed in 2017.

State regulations require dispensaries to be at least 1,000 feet from any school or daycare facility.

Guidance from the Mon County Health Department adds libraries and parks to the 1,000 foot list, while dictating dispensaries must be stand-alone or not in a strip mall. The regulations also include strict storage security for guidelines and other local legal requirements that are over and above the state law passed in 2017 and amended in the most recent legislative session.

Chairman of the Mon County Board of Health Sam Chico, assured commissioners the regulations were only approved by the board to protect the safety of the community.

“We’re probably the only people in this room that have no economic interest in

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