Proposed medical marijuana dispensary needs ordinance revision – Hannibal.net


Council approved ordinance in early May

Less than two months after the Hannibal City Council approved an ordinance regulating where medical marijuana facilities can be located in the community, it will hear a request to revise the guidelines at its Tuesday, July 2, meeting.

Mary Radel and Chris Warwick of Evergreen Wellness of Quincy, Ill. are in the process of preparing a state application that, if approved, would permit them to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hannibal, they said during last week’s meeting of the Hannibal Planning and Zoning Commission.

The site they have secured for the facility is located at 3557 Stardust Dr., in a mini-mall located between the Aldi grocery store and Lowe’s.

“In working on our application, it was brought to our attention there may be a conflict between the Amendment 2 and state’s regulations, and the ordinance that the city has in place for cannabis,” Warwick said.

A 400-foot setback contained in the city ordinance is a potential sticking point for the dispensary’s establishment. The ordinance requires the distance be measured from the medical marijuana facility’s property line and the property line of any elementary or secondary school, child day care center or church.

Based on that regulation the proposed site of the dispensary, which will be located on 11 acres of land, would put it less than 400 feet from the Mississippi Valley School. The state facility serves approximately 25 severely disabled youth, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Radel said the Stardust site would meet local guidelines if the measurement was taken from the building’s entrance door, rather than the property line.

“They are in a complex, and it would be unfair to use the complex’s property line for that (measurement),” said Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dobson, who also

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