The Hillsboro City Council on Tuesday evening will consider measures that would ban smoking and vaping on city property and approve zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries.
The medical marijuana vote will be the culmination of a whole year’s worth of planning and public hearings. The Hillsboro Planning Commission recommended that the council adopt regulations prohibiting dispensaries within 1,000 feet of active-use parks and public plazas and 2,000 feet of other dispensaries.
The commission also recommended banning dispensaries in the SCC-DT zone, which applies to downtown Hillsboro, and the neighborhood commercial zone, which applies to areas like the small commercial plaza opposite Glencoe High School.
State law also prohibits dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools.
The smoking and vaping ban would apply to tobacco products, but not smokeless tobacco. Smoking and vaping is already illegal in Hillsboro parks; this measure would extend the ban to all city property.
If approved, both ordinances would be up for a final vote at the council’s next meeting, on April 21.
Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Hillsboro Civic Center.
— Luke Hammill