As the rules surrounding adult-use recreational pot work their way through processes from the Arizona Department of Health Services to the municipal level, the City of Tucson is zeroing in on updates to its zoning ordinances to help adjust to the new reality of legal weed.
A series of meetings and study sessions considering updates to the dispensary zoning code began in August 2020 with an emergency resolution to address the need for physical distancing in the lobbies of Tucson dispensaries.
Current zoning limits dispensaries to 4,000 square feet, with a maximum one-quarter of that devoted to lobby space. The Tucson City Council agreed to loosen those rules to more space for those waiting for service at dispensaries as well as to allow curbside pickup, home delivery and the use of drive-thrus where they exist in buildings that have been converted to dispensary use.
Key amendments for consideration in the latest round include code updates to parking, dispensary size, lobby size, layout, dual-use facilities and drive-thrus.
Among the changes proposed are increasing the maximum size of a dispensary from 4,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet, removing restrictions on drive-thrus for marijuana facilities and amending the ordinance to reflect the