Bethlehem is considering a zoning proposal (video) that would specify where medical marijuana businesses could set up shop.

But patients wouldn't be filling the prescription downtown or at a neighborhood's corner store.

The five-page zoning ordinance, which the Planning Commission backed earlier this month, allows medical marijuana dispensaries in general commercial and commercial shopping districts, including areas such as sections of Stefko Boulevard, Easton Avenue, Schoenersville Road as well as the industrial redevelopment district such as along Route 412.

The city will allow medical marijuana to be grown and processed in several industrial districts, like some portions of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, and the office research district, which includes part of South Mountain.

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