Forsyth, Mo. — A Forsyth daycare owner says she does not want medical marijuana to be sold down the street from where about 20 children stay every day.
Busy Bear Daycare is located off Highway 160. It’s less than 370 feet from the former Arvest Bank building, the location where a medical marijuana dispensary could be located.
“The measurements from the Busy Bear Daycare door to the old Arvest Bank building are 363-feet,” Donna Blair said. “It’s a safety issue for our children.”
Applications for medical marijuana dispensaries are now being accepted and the stores could be open in Missouri by early 2020. However, the state requires that medical marijuana dispensaries are a minimum of 1,000 feet from schools, daycares, and places of worship.
However, the city could decide to waive the distance requirement.
“I just don’t think it should be close to a daycare or even a school,” Henriette Curtis said. “To me, it seems like that’s really wrong.”
While some people in town don’t like the idea of the dispensary being near the daycare, it is an option that the Forsyth Board of Aldermen discussed at their last meeting. According to the minutes of the meeting, the police chief told the Board that the city had been contacted by the owner of the former Arvest Bank building and that they’re in the process of making it a medical marijuana dispensary. That is, if city leaders decide to allow it near the daycare.
However, Blair says regardless of the revenue the dispensary could bring to the city, it’s not worth it.
“I don’t think we can change laws just to make money,” Blair said. “I think the safety of our children should always come first.”
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