A series of proposed code tweaks could eliminate caps on how many marijuana retailers are allowed within Louisville and slash the city’s current school buffer requirements.
In part an effort to align the city’s marijuana business codes with those of liquor stores — an initiative city officials called for earlier this year — the bid also would allow Louisville pot shops to build bigger and transition into the cultivation sector within the city’s industrial zones.
Louisville City Council convened on the specifics Monday, and a finalized ordinance is expected to arrive in front of planning commissioners in coming weeks.
The ordinance change would decrease the current, 1,320-foot buffer between retail and medical marijuana businesses and K-12 schools to 500 feet — similar to how Colorado governs liquor store distance — and would remove the city’s four-store limit (Louisville currently only has two), according to city records.
If approved, it would allow for stores to increase their size to 5,000 square feet. Medical dispensaries are currently limited to 1,800 square feet and retail to 2,000 square feet; a combined store is limited to 3,800 square feet, according to city code.
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