The Rockland City Council gave final approval to local laws to regulate medical marijuana facilities. The council voted 4-1 at its Monday night, Dec. 11, meeting to approve the ordinances.

The proposed ordinances would require medical marijuana facilities in non-residential zones to get Planning Board approval and a license from the City Council.

The proposed ordinances would allow medical marijuana production facilities in waterfront, commercial, downtown and industrial zones. The ordinances prohibit medical marijuana facilities within 500 feet of the boundary of a school. The ordinance was amended Monday night before the final vote to eliminate the proposed 300-foot buffer zones from playgrounds, churches and drug-free zones, such as the public landing

The ordinances also restrict signage for medical marijuana facilities in non-residential zones so that there could not be any graphic of a pot plant and signs cannot have the word "marijuana" in them.

Councilor Ed Glaser reiterated his opposition to the ordinances, saying he saw no need for them, since there was already a state law that worked.

"I've never heard of anyone saying they can't operate a medical marijuana [facility]," Glaser said. "We're turning this into a commercial enterprise."

Glaser said the requirements were onerous, including one that calls for the code office and police department to inspect the facilities without notice. That clause was withdrawn from the ordinances voted on Monday night.

At an earlier meeting, sponsor Councilor Amelia Magjik said the ordinances would be a good starting point for when the city considers regulations on recreational marijuana. The state has yet to approve regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana, despite voter approval of legalization in November 2016.