The Mexico City Council will decide tonight how it will allow a budding industry to operate within city limits.
A special hearing is planned to determine if the city will recognize the marijuana industry and specify zoning districts for medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivation, infused products and testing facilities.
The city cannot completely prohibit medical marijuana facilities, but it can pass time, place and manner restrictions on medical marijuana facilities, according to state law.
The Planning and Zoning Commission met April 2 to establish rules, regulations and zoning districts for medical marijuana facilities. Interest has been shown in the creation of dispensaries or cultivation facilities, according to a report from city staff.
The commission is recommending the council adopt state regulations for medical marijuana facilities, which includes a 1,000-foot buffer at schools, day care facilities and churches. It also recommends establishing a general commercial zone for dispensaries and a heavy industry district for cultivation, testing and infused products facilities.
Missouri voters in November overwhelmingly approved an amendment to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A timeline starts June 4 through Dec. 31 for the state department of health and senior services to accept applications, issue identification cards for qualifying patients and caregivers, approve dispensaries, cultivation, infused and testing facility operations.
City staff participated in a February webinar by the Missouri Municipal League to learn about medical marijuana, Amendment 2 and its implications for municipalities. The city will have to hold two readings of the proposed ordinance before it becomes city law.
In other business:Special hearing to be conducted for an additional use permit for Paul and Lawanah Gillette to operate a bed and breakfast at 301 E. Love St. Council will decide multiple resolutions: temporary construction easement for the Holt Street project, executing a memorandum of understanding with the East Central Drug Task Force, a change order for the 2019 Asphalt Project and a ingress/egress easement for Donald V. Marking and Janet M. Marking. Staff will request to use its on-call service agreement for the Fairgrounds Park parking lot project.