As more states have legalized cannabis, dispensaries and production facilities are seizing a sizable real estate market share nationwide. This profitable business venture is expected to grow exponentially in the next five years. Municipalities are amending zoning code regulations to adapt to the new laws. They are also looking to ensure that the uses established will have the least disruptions to the future daily lives of their constituents. Entrepreneurs interested in navigating this new market should understand the types of uses they may encounter before jumping into these opportunities.
The two most common zoning uses established are cannabis dispensaries and cannabis cultivation/production facilities.
Municipalities can limit the number of dispensaries in a particular area, the distance from these dispensaries to schools and community facilities, hours of operation, and strictly define what uses are allowed within the facility.
Savvy investors should verify if the use is permitted by right, if there are any additional conditions to adhere to, and if the municipality has plans to amend the zoning code to restrict the use.