To date, six different would-be business owners have started the process of filing the necessary information with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Christian County.
The Nixa City Council voted 6-0 to create zoning regulations for dispensaries and other businesses related to medical marijuana at a meeting June 24.
Casey Belew of Springfield hopes to open a business called CannaBelew’s Dispensary in Nixa.
“We just want to do it the right way,” Belew said.
Belew told the Nixa City Council that she anticipates a competitive dispensary market in the Springfield metro area, where patients who are prescribed medical marijuana will be able to shop around. The DHSS reports 24 dispensary licenses are being sought in Greene County.
“Springfield is going to be very competitive, there is a lot going on up there. As far as Nixa and these areas down south, there aren’t as many dispensaries. We’d like to give people some options down here instead of taking that money up to Springfield,” Belew said.
Belew told the Nixa City Council that she has a pharmacy technician’s background and also has experience working with medical cannabis patients.
“Right now I work one-on-one with adults who have physical and mental disabilities, so I have seen firsthand what medical marijuana can really do in our community and what opiates have kind of stopped,” Belew said. “That’s my push for medical marijuana is to clean up some of the opiates in areas like this.”
Nixa Director of Planning and Development Travis Cossey gave an overview of the medical marijuana zoning ordinance prior to the vote June 24. Cossey explained that Nixa considered four major types of businesses related to medical marijuana for zoning regulation