Madison City Council votes against medical marijuana dispensaries
MADISON- Unlike neighboring cities, the Madison City Council voted down an ordinance on Monday that would have allowed medical cannabis dispensaries to operate within its city limits.
In a 4-2 decision, councilmembers who voted against the ordinance cited issues with enforcing regulations and dealing with the added traffic they would attract, WHNT reported.
“There are enough areas of access that our residents could seek the help that they need,” councilwoman Karen Denzine said. “I weigh our police chief’s opinions quite heavily and when is recommending to us to exercise caution, to see how this plays out in surrounding areas, I consider that very heavily.”
Other councilmembers argued that with nearby cities Athens, Huntsville and Decatur already approving dispensaries, Madison City residents in need of medical marijuana should have options nearby.