County, cities begin approving medical marijuana store applications – Leader Publications


The seeds for the medical marijuana industry in Jefferson County have been planted, and soon dispensaries will be sprouting up around the area.

Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment to authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in November 2018, and this past January, the state Department of Health and Senior Services awarded licenses for six medical marijuana dispensaries in Jefferson County, contingent on meeting guidelines developed by Jefferson County and its cities.

Five of those dispensaries – in Imperial, Festus, south of Festus, Pevely and Hillsboro – have since secured the local approval needed to proceed, and at least some of them may be open by the end of the year.

The other dispensary that received a state license – at 3 Walters Place in House Springs – is in the approval process.

The Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled on Oct. 22 to discuss plans to open the House Springs dispensary – essentially a store that sells medical marijuana by prescription. At that meeting, the commission will hold a public hearing on a conditional-use permit application and make a recommendation for approval or denial to the County Commission.

Imperial

The Jefferson County Council voted unanimously Aug. 10 to approve a conditional-use permit to allow the county’s first dispensary at 1229 Imperial Main street near I-55.

The proposed site in the Main Street Plaza shopping center anchored by a Frankie Gianino’s restaurant.

Attorney Michael Sayers represented the applicant, VG Imperial LLC of St. Louis, at a July 9 public hearing before the P and Z board. At that hearing, Sayers acknowledged the historic nature of the request.

“It’s always a challenge being the first of anything,” he said. “This is untested waters.”

Sayers said his client is prepared to meet all conditions spelled out by the

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