As the City of Excelsior Springs worked to approve the local ordinances governing the use of medical marijuana, City officials held a listening post and encouraged all those who approve and oppose cannabis to discuss their concerns.
Forest Palmer said he first encountered the medical marijuana industry after leaving the United States Marines at the age of 21. He said at that time he lived in California where a cousin owned a dispensary. Because he dealt with some health issues back then, he said his cousin helped him acquire medical marijuana.
“I was a believer before that, but I was just the kind of believer that it was for other people, it wasn’t for me,” Palmer said.
He currently works as Manager of Dispensary Operations for Kansas City Cannabis Company, an organization that hopes to place dispensaries in Excelsior Springs, Lee’s Summit and Blue Springs. The company also hopes to place two cultivation facilities and one extraction facility in North Kansas City.
Palmer said his organization chose the locations due to their proximity to other locations, thus allowing more residents access to medical marijuana.
At the listening post, Palmer and others hoping to gain dispensary licenses addressed resident concerns of medical marijuana with City officials and representatives of the Excelsior Springs SAFE organization.
Palmer said often no one but members of his organization shows up to such meetings. Having those with opposing views helped discuss both sides of the issue.
“A lot of times, we are the only ones who show up so we can’t show people we are legitimate, we’re not just a bunch of drug dealers,” Palmer said.
He found it nice that others with various viewpoints came, he said,