City Council members introduce several health, safety-related bills

Pat Loeb
November 15, 2018 - 4:42 pm
Philadelphia City Hall

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Councilman Curtis Jones is concerned about the proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries in part of his district, so he introduced a bill Thursday that would restrict them from specific sites. 

Jones said three dispensaries are permitted for just a half-mile span of City Avenue.

"And that's a little much for any one community to absorb," he said, "so what we hope to do is to make sure we at least have input and have some say as to the location of these dispensaries."

His bill — one of several news bills that City Council will consider — would rezone certain parts of City Avenue to keep them out.

Councilman Bobby Henon also introduced a bill that would make it easier to dispose of used needles by putting so-called sharps disposals in health clinics and drug stores. 

The bill is a response to needles littering the streets in areas impacted by the opioid epidemic, he said.

"People are getting stuck who are engaged in civic cleanups," added Henon.

Councilman Derek Green is also concerned about safety, specifically in school buildings. He introduced a bill requiring the health department to verify that mold and asbestos are at safe levels before a school can open to children.