HAMPTON — The city’s Planning Commission Thursday unanimously approved adding the definition of “pharmaceutical processor” to the city’s zoning ordinance.
In the same session the commission also approved changing the city’s zoning ordinance to allow for the production of cannabis oil in one of six zoning districts in the city, according to a news release from the city.
The commission’s vote came on the recommendation of city staff and still has to be approved by Hampton City Council.
State law was changed earlier this year 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 with RX Native Pharmaceuticals eyeing the city as a location for a processing operation.
A representative for RX Native Pharmaceuticals said that after public review and hearings, the company could be up and fully operational within about a year, creating nearly 100 jobs in the city.