Forsyth, Mo. — A medical marijuana dispensary will not be located in the former Arvest Bank building in Forsyth following a unanimous decision by city leaders. The building is located less than 370-feet from Busy Bear Daycare.
State regulations require that medical marijuana dispensaries are a minimum of 1,000 feet from schools, day cares, and places of worship. However, cities can decide to waive that requirement.
According to minutes from the July 15 meeting, Joseph Chip Sheppard, a representative for the owner of the former Arvest Bank building, explained the process for getting a license for a medical marijuana dispensary. There will be security at dispensaries and cities can regulates hours of operation. A medical card will be required to purchase medical marijuana from the dispensary and can only be used at home.
However, according to the minutes, Donna Blair and many other concerned parents and citizens voiced their concerns about the dispensary being located near the daycare. Blair says the main concern is for the safety of the kids who attend the daycare.
After the discussion, the Forsyth Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to not decrease the distance requirements for the medical marijuana dispensary. The motion was made by Jack Baker and seconded by Cheryl Altis.
Click HERE for a previous story on the city’s discussions.