SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – City Council considered proposed changes of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, initiating discussion for regulated use of medical marijuana at a Council lunch workshop Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 to the Missouri Constitution on Nov. 6, 2018 – a measure that allows regulated use, including the cultivation, testing, manufacturing and sale.
The amendment also establishes a schedule for implementation that includes Aug. 3, 2019 as the first date to make application for a state license to operate a medical marijuana facility. Because applicants for a state license will need to include a specific location in their applications, the City of Springfield needs to identify those zoning districts where the specific use will be permitted.
Springfield’s Director of Planning and Development, Mary Lilly Smith, proposed local Zoning Ordinance amendments to identify the zoning districts where such uses will be permitted and under what conditions. Separate public hearings will be scheduled at a later date at both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.
“Medical use” means the production, possession, delivery, distribution, transportation or administration of marijuana or marijuana-infused product or drug paraphernalia used to administer marijuana or marijuana-infused product, for the benefit of a qualifying patient to mitigate the symptoms or effects of the patient’s qualifying medical condition. “Qualifying patient” means a Missouri resident diagnosed with at least one qualifying medical condition. All medical marijuana sold in Missouri must be cultivated and manufactured in Missouri.
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