Public Hearing for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in West Plains Set for July 18

A public hearing to determine guidelines for the manufacturing, cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana in the West Plains city limits will be held next Thursday, July 18 at the West Plains Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The West Plains Planning and Zoning commissioners will work to establish local guidelines based on recommendations from the Division of Health and Senior Services, which provides oversight on medical marijuana and medical marijuana-infused products. Voters in Missouri passed an amendment in to the Missouri Constitution in November, 2018, enabling licensed citizens the right to use, cultivate, manufacture, dispense, transport, administer and store medical marijuana.

The Division of Health and Senior Services has made recommendations for zoning, locations, and definitions, including establishing commercial zones for dispensing and manufacturing, and agricultural zones for extraction and cultivation. Parameters would also be set regarding distance restrictions to schools, daycares, churches and playgrounds, as well as hours of operations.

Recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission will be taken to the West Plains City Council for consideration at the July 22 Council meeting.

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