Medical marijuana dispensary clears hurdle at Planning and Zoning meeting

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Columbia moved closer to having its first medical marijuana dispensary open Thursday when the Planning and Zoning Commission gave unanimous approval to revising the list of permitted uses for a property in east Columbia.

The Broadway Shops, located at 2703 E. Broadway , includes restaurants and businesses, and the approved proposal adds medical marijuana dispensaries to the property’s Statement of Intent.

The application, which marked the first potential dispensary to be considered by the commission, generated little discussion at the meeting Thursday night at the Daniel Boone City Building. Tim Crockett, the engineer who submitted the application, briefly testified in favor of the change.

“We think this is a fairly straightforward request,” Crockett said.

Jay Lindner, owner of The Broadway Shops, attended the commission meeting but he did not provide public comment.

Prior to the final vote, city administrative workers reminded the commission that approval of the application does not guarantee a dispensary will be built there. Any medical marijuana enterprise would still need to meet all state standards prior to obtaining a business license.

The approval comes after the City Council approved medical marijuana regulations during its meeting Monday. The council voted for a 500-foot buffer between medical marijuana dispensaries and churches, schools and daycare centers, and eliminated the cap on the number of cultivation and infused-product manufacturing facilities.

Medical marijuana became legal statewide on Nov. 6 when voters approved Amendment 2, which allows Missouri to grow, manufacture, test and sell medical marijuana.

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