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ORDINANCE # 2021-8

MEDICAL MARIJUANA - SINGLE DISPENSARY ZONING ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2006-1 AND ALL AMENDMENTS THERETO, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION OF CHAPTER 11-2, 1967 SDCL, AND AMENDMENTS THEREOF, AND FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT THEREWITH

BE IT ORDAINED by Sanborn County: 

SANBORN COUNTY 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA – SINGLE DISPENSARY ZONING ORDINANCE 

AMENDMENT

DEFINITIONS:

Cannabis (or Marijuana) – All parts of any plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not, in its natural and unaltered state, except for drying or curing and crushing or crumbling. The term includes an altered state of marijuana absorbed into the human body. The term does not include fiber produced from the mature stalks of such plant, or oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant. The term does not include the plant Cannabis sativa L. (hemp) and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis.

Cannabis Cultivation Facility – In addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity that acquires, possesses, cultivates, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, or sells cannabis and related supplies to a cannabis establishment.

Cannabis Dispensary– In addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity that acquires, possesses, stores, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, or dispenses cannabis, cannabis products, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials.

Cannabis Establishment – a cannabis cultivation facility, a cannabis testing facility, a cannabis product manufacturing facility, or a cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis Product Manufacturing Facility – In addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity that acquires, possesses, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, or sells cannabis products to a cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis Products – Any concentrated cannabis, cannabis extracts, and products that are infused with cannabis or an extract thereof and are intended for use or consumption by humans. The term includes edible cannabis products, beverages, topical products, ointments, oils, and tinctures.

Cannabis Testing Facility – In addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity legally authorized to analyze the safety and potency of cannabis.

ARTICLE 12 – HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT (HC)

Section 1207 – Conditional Uses

17. Cannabis Dispensary – pursuant to Section 1543 Cannabis Dispensary Regulations

ARTICLE 15 – SUPPLEMENTARY DISTRICT REGULATIONS

Section 1543 – Cannabis Dispensaries Regulations

A. Maximum Number of Cannabis Dispensaries.

1. In the development and execution of these regulations, it is recognized that there are some uses which, because of their very nature, are recognized as having serious objectionable operational characteristics, particularly when several of them are concentrated under certain circumstances thereby having a potential deleterious effect upon the adjacent areas. Special regulation of these uses is necessary to ensure that these adverse effects will not contribute to the blighting or downgrading of the surrounding neighborhood. The primary control or regulation is for the purpose of preventing a concentration of these uses in any one area.  

2. Sanborn County shall allow up to one cannabis dispensary provided the time, place, and manner of said dispensary complies with this ordinance.

B. Required Separation Distances

1. A cannabis dispensary shall be located not less than 1,000 feet from a public or private school existing before the date of the cannabis dispensary application;

2. A cannabis dispensary shall be located not less than 1,000 feet from churches, residences, multi-family housing units, public parks, daycare facilities, and medical facilities to include medical clinics, congregate housing, nursing homes and other cannabis dispensaries existing before the date of the cannabis dispensary application; 

a. Exemption from separation requirements.  Any separation distance requirement, other than the State requirement from schools (1,000 feet), may be waived, provided:

b. The applicant provides documentation waiving the setback requirement from the title holder of the land benefiting from the separation.

4. Prescribed separation/setback distances from certain existing uses are to be measured from the lot line of the property where the dispensary is proposed

C. Prohibited Operations

1. Permanent or temporary dispensaries are prohibited in all other zoning districts and not eligible for a home or farm occupation use. 

2. It shall be unlawful to operate a dispensary in a building which contains a residence or a mixed-use building with commercial and residential uses.    

D. Controlled Access

No cannabis establishment shall share premises with or permit access directly from another cannabis establishment, business that sells alcohol or tobacco, or, if allowed by law, other cannabis establishment.

E. Days and Hours of operation:

Cannabis dispensaries are allowed to be open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, inclusive, and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

No medical cannabis establishment shall be permitted to operate on Sundays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, or Thanksgiving Day.

F. Documentation of State Licensure

No cannabis dispensary shall acquire, possess, store, deliver transfer, transport, supply or dispense cannabis, cannabis products, paraphernalia without providing documentation of licensure from the State of South Dakota.

G. Permit Issuance

The Zoning Administrator is authorized to issue permits (building/use) for cannabis dispensaries subject to the following:

1. Submission of a site plan containing the following:  

a. Any information required for applicable building permit;

b. Ingress and egress plan;

c. Parking plan;

d. Lighting plan (including security lighting);

e. Screening/security fencing plan;

f. Refuse plan;

g. Hours of Operation;

h. Any other information as lawfully may be required by the Zoning official to determine compliance with this ordinance.

2. Documentation of ability to meet setback/separation requirements.

3. Documentation of State Licensure.

H. Construction Standards

All Cannabis Establishments are required to be constructed in conformance with the 2021 Edition of the International Building Code and International Fire Code. 

Passed and adopted this 7th day of September 2021.

Jeff Ebersdorfer

Sanborn County

Commissioner Chairman

ATTEST:

Kami Moody

Sanborn County Auditor

This ordinance shall become effective twenty days after publication of this notice in the official newspaper, thereby repealing all ordinances or parts thereof in conflict herewith unless a referendum is timely involved prior thereto.

First Reading: August 24, 2021;

Second Reading: September 7, 2021;

Adopted: September 7, 2021;

Published: September 9, 2021;

Effective: September 29, 2021.

ORDINANCE # 2021-9

MEDICAL MARIJUANA - SINGLE DISPENSARY LICENSING ORDINANCE

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2006-1 AND ALL AMENDMENTS THERETO, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISION OF CHAPTER 11-2, 1967 SDCL, AND AMENDMENTS THEREOF, AND FOR THE REPEAL OF ALL RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT THEREWITH

SANBORN COUNTY 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA – SINGLE DISPENSARY LICENSING ORDINANCE

ORDINANCE 2021-9

AN ORDINANCE CREATING LICENSING PROVISIONS FOR CANNABIS ESTABLISHMENTS WITHIN SANBORN COUNTY.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of County Commissioners of Sanborn County that the Revised Ordinances of Sanborn County is hereby amended by adding an Ordinance as follows:

9.01: PURPOSE AND INTENT

The Board of County Commissioners of Sanborn County enacts the following licensing ordinances in order to ensure that cannabis establishments within the County, to include its municipalities, operate in a manner which complies with state laws and regulations, protects the health, safety, and welfare of the general public, prevents potential conflicts and issues arising from ownership and employees, recognizes certain safety and security considerations, and minimizes risk of unauthorized use or access of cannabis by the general public. 

9.02: DEFINITIONS

Unless an alternative definition is explicitly stated in this section, this chapter utilizes the definitions for cannabis-related terms which are defined by SDCL 34-20G-1.

Cannabis (or Marijuana): all parts of any plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not, in its natural and unaltered state, except for drying or curing and crushing or crumbling. The term includes an altered state of marijuana absorbed into the human body. The term does not include fiber produced from the mature stalks of such plant, or oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant. The term does not include the plant Cannabis sativa L. (hemp) and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis.

Cannabis Cultivation Facility: in addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity that acquires, possesses, cultivates, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, or sells cannabis and related supplies to a cannabis establishment.

Cannabis Dispensary: in addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity that acquires, possesses, stores, delivers, transfers, transports, sells, supplies, or dispenses cannabis, cannabis products, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials.

Cannabis Establishment: cannabis cultivation facility, a cannabis testing facility, a cannabis product manufacturing facility, or a cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis Product Manufacturing Facility: in addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity that acquires, possesses, manufactures, delivers, transfers, transports, supplies, or sells cannabis products to a cannabis dispensary.

Cannabis Products: any concentrated cannabis, cannabis extracts, and products that are infused with cannabis or an extract thereof and are intended for use or consumption by humans. The term includes edible cannabis products, beverages, topical products, ointments, oils, and tinctures.

Cannabis Testing Facility: in addition to the definition in SDCL 34-20G-1, this term is further defined as a legally licensed entity legally authorized to analyze the safety and potency of cannabis.

Department: the South Dakota Department of Health.

9.03: LICENSE REQUIRED

(a) No cannabis establishment may be located or operate within the County, to include its municipalities, without the appropriate valid and current cannabis establishment license issued by the County pursuant to this article. A violation of this provision is subject to the general penalty provision in Chapter 9.16.  Each day of the violation constitutes a separate offense.

(b) No cannabis establishment may be located or operate within the County, to include its municipalities, without the appropriate valid and current cannabis establishment registration certificate issued by the Department pursuant to rules promulgated under SDCL 34-20G. A violation of this provision is subject to the general penalty provision in 9.16. Each day of the violation constitutes a separate offense.

9.04: LICENSE APPLICATION

(a) An application for a cannabis establishment license must be made on a form provided by the County. No other application form will be considered.

(b) The applicant must submit the following:

1. Application fee of $5,000. The County will reimburse $2,500 for applicants who fail to obtain a registration certificate from the South Dakota Department of Health.

2. An application that will include, but is not limited to, the following:

i. The legal name of the prospective cannabis establishment;

ii. The physical address of the prospective cannabis establishment that meets the zoning requirements in Highway Commercial District (HC), as well as any location requirements pursuant SDCL 34-20G and the administrative rules promulgated thereunder. 

iii. The name, address, and birth date of each principal officer, owner, and board member of the proposed cannabis establishment.

iv. A sworn statement that no principal officer, owner, or board member has been convicted of a violent felony offense in the previous ten (10) years in any jurisdiction. 

v. Any additional information requested by the County.

9.05: ISSUANCE OF LICENSE

(a) The County will issue a license unless:

1. The applicant has made a false statement on the application or submits false records or documentation; or

2. Any owners, principal officer, or board member of the applicant is under the age of twenty-one (21) years; or

3. Any owner, principal officer, or board member of the applicant has been convicted of a violent felony offense in the previous ten (10) years in any jurisdiction;

4. The proposed location does not meet the applicable zoning requirements under Highway Commercial District (HC);

5. The proposed location does not meet all location requirements under SDCL 34-20G and the administrative rules promulgated thereunder;

6. The license is to be used for a business prohibited by state or local law, statute, rule, ordinance, or regulation; or

7. Any owner, principal officer, or board member of the applicant has had a cannabis establishment license revoked by the County or a registration certificate revoked by the state; or

8. An applicant, or an owner, principal officer, or board member thereof, is overdue in payment to the County of taxes, fees, fines, or penalties assessed against or imposed upon the applicant in relation to any cannabis establishment; or

9. The applicant will not be operating the business for which the license would be issued.

(b) In the case of an application for a cannabis dispensary license, the County will reject the application if the limit on the number of cannabis dispensaries has been reached. 

(c) The license must be posted in a conspicuous place at or near the entrance to the cannabis establishment so that it may be easily read at any time.

9.06: COUNTY NEUTRALITY AS TO APPLICANTS

(a) Upon request from the Department as to the County’s preference of applicants, the County will neither support nor oppose any registration certificate application under consideration by the Department. Likewise, if inquiry is made by the Department, the County will abstain from endorsing any application as beneficial to the community. 

9.07: NUMBER OF CANNABIS DISPENSARIES

(a) No more than one (1) cannabis dispensary shall be allowed to operate within the County, to include its municipalities, at any time. 

9.08: EXPIRATION OF LICENSE AND RENEWAL

(a) Each license expires one year from the date of issuance and may be renewed only by making application as provided in Section 9.04. Application for renewal must be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the expiration date. The license holder must continue to meet the license requirements to be eligible for a renewal.

(b) The renewal fee is $5,000. The County will reimburse $2,500 for applicants who fail to obtain a renewal of their registration certificate from the Department.

(c) Failure to renew a license in accordance with this section may result in additional fees. Upon expiration of the license, the County may order closure of the cannabis establishment.

(d) If a license holder has not operated an establishment for which it holds a license in the preceding twelve (12) months, the license will not be renewed.

9.09: SUSPENSION

(a) A license may be suspended if the license holder or an employee or agent of the license holder:

1. Violates or is otherwise not in compliance with any section of this article.

2. Consumes or smokes or allows any person to consume or smoke cannabis on the premises of the cannabis establishment.

3. Knowingly dispenses or provides cannabis or cannabis products to an individual or business to whom it is unlawful to provide cannabis or cannabis products.

(b) A license may be suspended if the license holder has its department-issued registration certificate suspended, revoked, or not renewed by the Department or if the registration certificate is expired.

(c) A license may be suspended if the license holder creates or allows to be created a public nuisance at the cannabis establishment. 

9.10: REVOCATION

(a) A license may be revoked if the license is suspended under Section 9.10 and the cause for the suspension is not remedied.

(b) A license may be revoked if the license is subject to suspension under Section 9.10 because of a violation outlined in that section and the license has been previously suspended in the preceding 24 months.

(c) A license is subject to revocation if a license holder or employee of a license holder:

1. Gave false or misleading information in the material submitted during the application process;

2. Knowingly allowed possession, use, or sale of non-cannabis controlled substances on the premises;

3. Operated the cannabis establishment or the business of the cannabis establishment for which a license is required under this article while the license was suspended;

4. Repeated violations of Section 9.11;

5. Operated a function of a cannabis establishment for which the license holder was not licensed (e.g., a licensed cannabis cultivation facility conducting cannabis testing functions without a cannabis testing establishment license);

6. A license holder, or an owner, principal officer, or board member thereof, is delinquent in payment to the city, county, or state for any taxes or fees related to the cannabis establishment;

7. A license holder, or an owner, principal officers, or board member thereof, has been convicted of, or continues to employ an employee who has been convicted of, a disqualifying felony offense as defined by SDCL 34-20G; or

8. The license holder has its Department-issued registration certificate suspended, revoked, or not renewed or the registration certificate is expired.

9. The license holder allows a public nuisance to continue after notice from the County.

9.11. SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION PROCESS

(a) The license holder will receive a notice of intent to suspend or notice of intent to revoke informing the license holder of the violation and the County’s intention to suspend or revoke the license. The notice will be hand delivered to the license holder or an employee or agent of the license holder or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested to the physical address of the cannabis establishment. 

(b) If the license holder disputes the suspension or revocation, the license holder has ten (10) days from the postmark date on the notice or the date the notice was hand delivered to request a hearing before a hearing panel, which will consist of the County Commission Chairperson, Auditor, Sheriff, and Zoning Administrator.

(c) A suspension will be for thirty (30) days and begins ten (10) days after the postmark date on the notice or the date the notice is hand delivered unless the license holder exercises its rights to process and appeal, in which case the suspension takes effect upon the final determination of suspension.

(d) A revocation will be for one (1) year and begins ten (10) days after the postmark date on the notice or the date the notice is hand delivered unless the license holder appeals the revocation, in which case the revocation takes effect upon the final determination of revocation.

(e) The license holder who has had the license revoked may not be issued any cannabis establishment license for one year from the date the revocation became effective.

9.12: APPEAL

An applicant or license holder who has been denied a license or renewal of a license or who has had a license suspended or revoked under this article may appeal to the Board of County Commissioners by submitting a written appeal within ten (10) days of the postmark on the notice of denial, nonrenewal, suspension, or revocation. The written appeal must be submitted to Sanborn County Courthouse, PO Box 7, Woonsocket, South Dakota, 57385. The appeal will be considered by the Board of County Commissioners at a regularly scheduled meeting within one month of the receipt of the appeal.

9.13: LICENSES NOT TRANSFERRABLE

No cannabis establishment license holder may transfer the license to any other person or entity either with or without consideration, nor may a license holder operate a cannabis establishment at any place other than the address designated in the application.

9.14: HOURS OF OPERATION FOR DISPENSARIES

Cannabis dispensary may operate between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday  and 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

No medical cannabis establishment shall be permitted to operate on Sunday, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day or Thanksgiving Day.

9.15: LIABILITY FOR VIOLATIONS

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, for the purposes of this article, an act by an employee or agent of a cannabis establishment that constitutes grounds for suspension or revocation will be imputed to the cannabis establishment license holder for purposes of finding a violation of this article, or for purposes of license denial, suspension, or revocation, only if an officer, director or general partner or a person who managed, supervised or controlled the operation of the cannabis establishment, knowingly allowed such act to occur on the premises.

9.16: PENALTIES

Any person who operates or causes to be operated a cannabis establishment without a valid license or in violation of this article is subject to a suit for injunction as well as prosecution for ordinance violations. Such violations are punishable by a maximum fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00). Each day a cannabis establishment so operates is a separate offense or violation.

9.17: SEVERABILITY

The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.

Passed and adopted this 7th day of September 2021.

Jeff Ebersdorfer

Sanborn County

Commissioner Chairman

ATTEST:

Kami Moody

Sanborn County Auditor

This ordinance shall become effective twenty days after publication of this notice in the official newspaper, thereby repealing all ordinances or parts thereof in conflict herewith unless a referendum in timely involved prior thereto.

First Reading: August 24, 2021;

Second Reading: September 7, 2021;

Adopted: September 7, 2021;

Published: September 9, 2021;

Effective: September 29, 2021.

Letcher Town Board proceedings

August 18th, 2021

Mark Chada called the meeting to order with Sean Gromer, Angie Larson and Angie Meier in attendance.

A motion was made by Gromer, seconded by Larson, carried, to approve the August 2nd, 2021, minutes as read.

A motion was made by Larson, seconded by Gromer, carried, to approve the financials as presented.

Old Business:

Discussion was held on the new mower. Doug’s Custom said it should be delivered in October.  

Discussion was held on the Safety Benefits meeting. A couple of things that were discussed in the meeting that were needed, included fire extinguisher signs above the fire extinguishers in the community center, a first aid kit located in the community center and griddles moved to the back room. Signs are up, and the first aid kit is located in the kitchen. Griddles have been moved to the back closet with the extra chairs and tables.  

Discussion was held on hiring Gromer to help with maintenance with the town, a motion was made by Larson, seconded by Chada, to hire Sean Gromer to help with maintenance for the town for $600.00 a month. 

New Business:

Discussion was held on past due accounts.  

Discussion was held on an extension for placing the culverts.  Meier will be sending in an extension to FEMA on the culverts being placed in town.  

A motion was made by Gromer, seconded by Larson, carried, to approve the 2022 budget for the Town of Letcher.  

A motion was made by Gromer, seconded by Larson, carried, to approve the following claims for payment: 

GENERAL AND WATER/SEWER: Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield – $2,587.84 – Health Insurance, Quill – $142.67 – Community Center – Supplies, Sanborn Weekly Journal – $69.99 – Advertising Minutes, VanDiest Supply – $2,500.88 – Chemical – West Nile Grant, Miedema Sanitation – $54.00 – Utilities – Garbage, Faye Blindauer – $136.67 – Custodian Hours – six hours, Menards – $233.70 – Grounds Supplies, Midwest Fire and Safety – $110.00 – Annual Dues Fire Extinguishers, Angie Meier – $184.98 – Reimbursement for Chemical purchased for the Town, Morgan Hoffman – $588.36 – Summer Help Wages, Mitchell Concrete – $357.58 – Sand at the lake by the dock, CorInsurance – $9,783.00 – Town Insurance.

The next board meeting will be held on September 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Office.

Angie Meier

Finance Officer

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