City of Springfield discusses guidelines for medical marijuana facilities

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The city of Springfield is moving forward figuring out where medical marijuana should and should not be allowed.

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Mary Lilly Smith, Director of Planning and Development, went over the suggested guidelines Tuesday afternoon during the City Council Lunch. She says these medical marijuana facilities are separated into four groups:

-Cultivation Facilities
-Testing Facilities
-Infused Products Manufacturing Facilities
-Dispensary

Smith and her team determined medical marijuana cultivation facilities are similar to greenhouse operations. These facilities would be permitted in highway commercial, commercial services districts, residential industrial, light industrial, general manufacturing, heavy manufacturing and industrial commercial. These facilities would have to be 1,000-feet away from schools, daycare centers and churches.

Medical marijuana testing facilities would be permitted in “light industrial zoning or its equivalent.” Smith says these facilities are similar to medical labs. However, they would still be required to be 1,000-feet away from schools, daycare centers and churches.

Medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facilities are facilities “licensed by the Department to acquire, store, manufacture, transport and sell marijuana-infused products ...” Smith explained this includes the extraction process and production of edibles, ointments and other similar products. These facilities would also have to be 1,000-feet away from schools, daycare centers and churches.

Post-extraction facilities will also be allowed in Springfield. Smith says a few examples are bakeries, confectionaries and producers of ointments to name a few. These would have to be 200-feet away from schools, daycare centers and churches.

Lastly, medical-marijuana dispensary facilities will be permitted in general retail, highway commercial, commercial services, restricted industrial, light industrial, general manufacturing, heavy manufacturing, and industrial commercial. Smith noted they will not be allowed in limited business or office districts. These facilities will have to be 200-feet away from schools, daycares and churches.

Some council members would like to see all facilities 1,000-feet away from schools, daycares and churches. However, others did not agree.

The proposal will go to the Planning and Zoning Commission Mar. 28. Then, it will head to the City Council Apr. 8. The vote will take place on Apr. 22.

Voters voted for Amendment 2 which legalized medical marijuana during the Nov. 2018 election.