As Missouri becomes one of 33 states allowing medical marijuana, Grandview leaders have now done their part to prepare the City for these new businesses.
After months of reviews, ordinance revisions, and public hearings, the Board of Aldermen passed a zoning ordinance amendment Tuesday, July 9 defining where medical marijuana dispensaries-- along with growing, extraction, and testing facilities-- can be located within city limits. The ordinance sticks with the state’s recommended 1000-foot minimum distance (measured by legal walking distance) between medical marijuana dispensaries and churches, daycares and schools. The Mayor and Board also added a straight line distance requirement of 200 feet between all medical marijuana facilities and properties zoned residential.
Missouri voters passed Amendment 2 in November of 2019, allowing access to medical marijuana in Missouri as a constitutional right. 70% of Grandview voters supported the amendment. Officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services expect the first Medical Marijuana dispensaries to begin operating in late spring of 2020. Subject to the 1,000 foot distance requirement, medical marijuana dispensaries in Grandview will be able to operate in zoning districts where other commercial uses are permitted. All other medical marijuana facilities will be able to operate in zoning districts where industrial uses are permitted.