Businesses Get Zoning Approved for Medical Marijuana

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SPRINGFIELD – The city has approved applications for several businesses in the queen city. But that doesn’t mean these businesses will be accepted on the state level. Businesses like the outland bar in downtown Springfield have been given the green light by the city. But, this is the first step to getting a medical marijuana dispensary up and running.

“We have actually 20 applications that we’re processing right now to go through for zoning verification for medical marijuana verification,” Planning manager for the city of Springfield Bob Hosmer says.

Hosmer says six businesses got approved before today. The Outland Bar in downtown joined that list to make it seven.

The Outland Bar’s owner and operator, Jimmy Kochs, declined to comment, but says on Facebook that his team is very excited to be over the “first hurdle.”

Businesses have a lot to do to get the city’s approval.

“They have to have the proper zoning, we have separation requirements,” Hosmer says.

Those requirements were made this past May. Springfield city council approved a medical marijuana zoning ordinance, which has specific limitations.

“Whether it’s 1,000 feet from a church, school or daycare, there’s different separation requirements,” Hosmer says. “There’s also 200 feet as well in some of the separation.”

Hosmer says that distance was made for two reasons.

“Protection of people and their property and so forth, it varies depending on the intensity of the uses we have classified, whether it’s a cultivation or manufacturing facility,” Hosmer says.

Evolve Wellness is looking for a property on Cherry street, and Ozark Botanical’s is looking for a property on Sunshine street in the Ross shopping center. Several property owners say they are excited, but don’t want to speak out yet. This is the first of many steps to getting a medical marijuana dispensary approved.

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