TULSA, Okla. — On Wednesday, the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved the rezoning request for a medical marijuana dispensary in north Tulsa.
The building classification changed from office to commercial, allowing the dispensary to open whenever the owners choose. The zoning application does not list the names of the owners.
The building was once a doctor's office at the corner of East 36 Street North and North Lansing Place. North Tulsa has always been a community saying they need more businesses. However, the community is not welcoming to the idea of another dispensary nearby.
Terry Goff, the president of the Walt Whitman Neighborhood Association, said the dispensary will be an eyesore to those who live in the neighborhood.
“It's a one way in and one way out,” Goff said.
The building sits on the corner of the only street leading to her neighborhood. Goff said she’s concerned with strangers who will use her street as a turn around, because she doesn’t know what could happen.
Charles Townsend, who lives a few houses over from Goff, said the neighborhood already has enough dispensaries.
“Give me two balls to throw one way and I’ll be in front of a dispensary," Townsend said. "Or give me three golf balls, I can throw it the other way and I’m in front of another one.”
Both Goff and Townsend started a petition on May 6, which received over 600 signatures, in an effort to block the rezoning of the building.
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