On Monday, the mayor and city commission met in front of a packed house in order to amend the city’s code of ordinances to include a chapter on medical marijuana. The motion passed unanimously. Ardmore Development Services Director Jessica Scott explained why the city needed to enact the new chapter.

“As you know, this is a new law for us so there was no section in the code previously,” Scott said. “We created a new chapter in our code with the new ordinance. We had a working session on this due to Question 788 and the the legality of medical marijuana. The staff feels that the city needs an ordinance to regulate the new businesses.”

Article one, section one of the new chapter states that “the intent of this chapter is to ensure the health and safety of all Oklahomans and provide reasonable and orderly regulation of medical marijuana as authorized by the lawful passage of State Question 788. Only the powers enumerated under this chapter shall be proper. Any power not specifically enumerated is prohibited.” The entire chapter can be viewed online at http://www.ardmorecity.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/4122?fileID=2830.

While the issue of medical marijuana was a focal point of Monday night’s agenda, the city commission also voted unanimously to amend city ordinances concerning alcoholic beverages.

“As you know, on October 1, 2018, the alcohol laws in the state of Oklahoma will change with regards to low point beer,” Scott said. “ABLE has adopted new regulations for the new law and the staff feels it’s appropriate that the city amend their ordinances. This is an amendment to comply with the new ABLE regulations.”

Another item of note comes from the commission’s vote to add another new chapter to the city’s code of ordinances. This new chapter will be entitled “General Schedule of Fees.”

“We created a new section where we put all the fees to make it more user friendly for citizens,” Scott said. All city fees will be moved into this section over the course of the next three months.