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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
• Medical Marijuana Cultivation facilities are licensed by the State to acquire, cultivate, process, store, transport and sell marijuana to a medical marijuana dispensary facility, medical marijuana testing facility, or to a medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facility.
Proposed Springfield Regulations for Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facilities:
• Medical Marijuana Testing facilities are certified by the State to acquire, test, certify and transport marijuana. No testing facility shall be owned by an entity under substantially common control, ownership or management as other medical marijuana facilities.
Proposed Springfield Regulations for Medical Marijuana Testing Facilities
• Medical Marijuana-infused Manufacturing facilities are licensed by the State to acquire, store, manufacture, transport and sell marijuana-infused products to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility, a Medical Marijuana Testing Facility or to another Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturing facility. Marijuana-infused products are infused with marijuana or an extract thereof and are intended for use or consumption other than by smoking. This is including, but not limited to: edible products, ointments, tinctures and concentrates. This includes both the extraction process and production of edibles, ointments, etc.
No more than three marijuana-infused products’ manufacturing licenses shall be issued to any entity under substantially common control, ownership or management.
• Medical Marijuana Post-Extraction Facilities are bakeries, confectionaries, and producers of ointments, etc. Staff would evaluate as if non-marijuana use to determine if retail sales use group* or industrial/wholesale activity applies, based on scope and volume of production, facility capacity and primary customer.
Proposed Springfield Regulations for Medical Marijuana Post-Extraction Facilities
*Requires State-issued dispensary license and subject to dispensary zoning restrictions if retails sales.
• Medical Marijuana Dispensary facilities are licensed by the State to acquire, store, sell, transport and deliver marijuana, marijuana-infused products and drug paraphernalia to administer marijuana as provided for in the section as a “qualifying patient”, a primary caregiver, another medical marijuana dispensary facility, a medical marijuana testing facility, or to a medical marijuana-infused products manufacturing facility.
No more than three medical marijuana dispensary licenses shall be issued to any entity under substantially common control, ownership or management.
Proposed Springfield Regulations Medical Marijuana Dispensary facilities
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For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected] or Mary Lilly Smith at 417-864-1094 or [email protected].