What Will Medical Cannabis Look Like in Lexington?


In Tuesday’s Council Work Session, Council will hear about Lexington’s plans surrounding medical cannabis, commonly known as medical marijuana. Medical cannabis will be legal in Kentucky on January 1st, 2025, but there is legislation in Frankfort that may move that date to sometime in 2024 if passed, so the City is looking at ways to implement the new law allowing medical cannabis.

According to State law, the City can regulate medical cannabis through primarily two means: zoning ordinances dictating where cannabis businesses can and cannot be located, and fees that the City can collect on businesses. An ordinance on fees is currently being drafted and will come to Council in the next few months for a vote.

Last Thursday, the Planning Commission initiated a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment (ZOTA) to determine which land-use areas that cannabis businesses can be located in. Below is a table breaking down their ZOTA proposal.

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