Council voting on medical marijuana dispensaries again Tuesday

Vote needs a majority, not unanimity this week

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Gracie Johnson

The Tuscaloosa City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether or not to will allow medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

Last week’s 5-1 vote failed because it required unanimous consent. District 3 Tuscaloosa City Council Member Norman Crow voted against the measure. District 7’s Cassius Lanier was absent.

This week’s vote requires a majority, so if no votes have changed, the measure will pass.

Tuscaloosa’s measure comes after Alabama passed a law allowing for the setup of medical marijuana dispensaries in 2021. Patrons will be required to have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana and only certain forms will be sold.

District 2 Tuscaloosa City Council Member Raevan Howard said that even though she voted yes last week, she has some reservations.

“I do have some concerns of my own regardless of if it’s my district or someone else’s district,” she said. “I want to make sure that businesses contribute to economic development we want to see happening in our community, that it benefits everyone and that it’s a safe business that can be accessed and used like it should be.”

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