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Aug 16, 2018 - Hampton's Planning Commission Thursday unanimously approved adding the definition of "pharmaceutical processor" to the city's zoning ordinance. Minutes later, they approved changing the city's zoning ordinance to allow for the production of cannabis oil in one of six zoning districts in the city. The commission's vote came on the recommendation of city staff, and still has to be approved by Hampton City Council.
Earlier this year, state law was changed to create five districts in Virginia where marijuana could be grown (inside), processed, and dispensed to local medical patients with a prescription.
Hampton has already been identified as a potential location for the process, and in June a majority of Council indicated that a pharmaceutical processor could provide good jobs and increase tax revenue in the city. Any processor chosen by the state would still have to apply for a use permit that would require a review and public hearing by the Planning Commission and City Council.
A spokesman for RX Native Pharmaceuticals, which hopes to to get state approval for a processing operation in Hampton, spoke Thursday in favor of the zoning changes. He said that after public review and hearings they could be up and fully operational within about a year, creating nearly 100 jobs in the city.