One More Win: Sierra City Approves Recreational Marijuana Stores To Open in City


by Jeffrey Buckley

Updated: February 16, 2021

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Sierra City, Arizona, recently became one of the first cities in the state to allow a recreational marijuana establishment within its borders. It also approved a series of amendments to establish a recreational marijuana location possible within the city limits.

The Sierra City Council recently voted to amend the city’s bylaws according to recommendations given by the Planning and Zoning Commission. After Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana in the November 2020 election, individual municipalities were given the option to either approve or deny the creation of retail marijuana locations in their jurisdiction.

What The New Laws Mean For Recreational Marijuana

Arizona voters approved Proposition 207 in November. The passage of Proposition 207 means that recreational marijuana is allowed by law for anyone over the age of 21. Anyone of majority age can possess, consume, transport and process up to one ounce of marijuana. Voters also approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in five other states in the 2020 election.

Proposition 207, however, leaves it up to individual cities and counties to choose whether to allow retail recreational marijuana sites in their jurisdictions. However, even if they do not, the law provides for people to consume, possess or process it and the right to grow up to six plants per resident on private property.

Sierra City voted 5-2 to allow at least one recreational marijuana retail space within its limits. Council Members approved the measure for the simple reason that the voters approved it in the November election. The council also voted to support creating a 500-foot buffer zone between any marijuana dispensary and a residential area.

It also voted to reduce the buffer zone between a marijuana dispensary (whether medical or recreational) to 300 feet, down from the proposed 500-foot buffer zone. Despite recreational marijuana becoming legal in the state, it is still prohibited to use cannabis in public spaces like parks and residential streets. It also remains illegal to use marijuana in a moving vehicle or to drive while impaired.

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Published: February 16, 2021

Jeffrey Buckley

I was a smoker for over 25 years. In this time I also earned my medical degree with a specialization in addiction treatment and counseling. That period has led me to vaping, my interest started around 2011. I’m fighting the tide of hysteria and dis-information around vaping that emanates from various fronts legislative, cultural and scientific. Having scientific councils support, I’m happy to contribute my thoughts, articles, and expertise.