On July 29, the St. Charles County Council passed Substitute Bill 4743, which establishes and encodes regulations governing Marijuana Land Use and Safety Regulations.
The original Bill 4743, introduced earlier in the meeting, was deemed problematical due to the fact that it established zoning and land use guidelines stricter than those called for by state regulations. After much discussion, the council decided to table the measure temporarily to allow County Counselor John Watson and his assistants rewrite the bill even as the meeting proceeded.
When the rewriting was done, the council brought the substitute bill to a vote and passed it unanimously. The county now has the framework for regulating the sale of and access to medical marijuana. The state began the process of accepting applications on Aug. 3.