Medical- marijuana dispensaries can be allowed inside 500 ft of faculties, day cares and church buildings if Cape Girardeau’s planning and zoning fee as its method.

The fee, which final month really helpful the council undertake a 1,000-foot buffer zone as initially proposed by metropolis employees, modified its thoughts Wednesday.

Commissioners, by a 7-1 vote, referred to as for the less-restrictive buffer zone. The advice would limit dispensaries to 4 nonresidential zones: two industrial zones, the central enterprise district and light-weight industrial.

Chairman Jeff Glenn forged the lone dissenting vote. Commissioner Larry Dowdy was absent from the assembly.

All different medical- marijuana companies, together with cultivation, manufacturing, transportation and testing services wouldn’t be allowed inside 1,000 ft of faculties, day cares and church buildings, the fee really helpful.

In distinction, Jackson’s planning fee voted Wednesday to permit medical- marijuana companies inside 100 ft of church buildings, colleges and state-licensed day cares.

Ward 1 Councilman Daniel Presson and Ward four Councilman Robbie Guard stated just lately they need to implement a 200-foot buffer zone within the central enterprise district. The 2 councilmen have stated the 1,000-foot buffer would stop dispensaries from being positioned downtown. However planning commissioners stated they opposed implementing a less-restrictive zone for one space of the town, however not others.

At Wednesday’s assembly, metropolis planner Ryan Shrimplin confirmed a map indicating a 500-foot requirement would permit dispensaries in some downtown areas.

Earlier than voting, the planning fee heard from 9 residents and native employers, most of whom objected to a 1,000-foot buffer.

Cape Girardeau businessman Eric Gooden stated he owns a vacant constructing within the 1800 block of Broadway 4 blocks west of the central enterprise district. Because of this, even when the 200-foot restrict was allowed within the central enterprise district, he wouldn’t be capable of lease the constructing to a marijuana dispensary.

Gooden informed the fee he favors having the identical buffer zone apply to all of the zones the place dispensaries can be allowed.

“I believe it’s inconsistent,” he stated of the proposal made by councilmen Presson and Guard. “I believe it’s unfair.”

Legal professional Nancy Browne stated she has a number of shoppers who’ve been approached about leasing buildings to dispensary operations.

She stated a 1,000-foot restrict would pressure dispensaries to be positioned largely on the town’s extra industrial west facet. “It would not make sense to place it in a producing zone,” she informed the fee.

Browne stated she favored a 500-foot restrict.

She stated she was involved {that a} 1,000-foot restriction would lead marijuana companies to find in different communities, together with Jackson.

However Glenn, who chairs the Cape Girardeau fee, stated he nonetheless most popular a distance of 1,000 ft, which is the utmost buffer zone allowed beneath a constitutional modification Missouri voters authorized final 12 months in legalizing medical marijuana.

The Cape Girardeau fee’s suggestion now goes to the Metropolis Council, which is anticipated to vote on the zoning situation subsequent month.

Enterprise editor Jay Wolz contributed to this story.

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