The Joseph Marijuana Dispensary Committee met for the first time Wednesday, Dec. 19, to discuss the way forward for the city after residents on Nov. 6 voted to lift a ban on dispensaries.

City council member Marty Hamilton chairs the committee. The other committee/council member at this time is Pearl Sturm. About a half-dozen people, including mayor Teresa Sajonia, attended the 10 a.m. meeting.

Hamilton said that the committee was interested in the revenue stream that marijuana could bring into the city’s coffers, as well as facilitating the process for potential retailers to get to that level.

According to Hamilton, the committee is seeking more members, especially those not currently involved in city council.

“This is an opportunity to bring the community in and get them involved,” he said. “To me that’s a good thing.”

Hamilton emphasized that he does not have a personal stake in any dispensary, and he wants the committee to appear objective both to the public and possible dispensary applicants.

“I’m trying to create an environment where everyone gets a fair shake at it,” he said. “That’s all I’m trying to do.”

He also hoped to address a concern, expressed by Sturm, that the city might end up with a dispensary on every corner.

“There isn’t enough business,” he said. “It’s not going to happen that way.”

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