Proposed medical marijuana dispensary setbacks that are the strictest allowed by law will be the subject of a public hearing Thursday night at the old city hall.
At a workshop Monday night, the Salem Planning & Zoning Commission chose a 1,000-foot setback from schools, church, daycares and parks for a new zoning code affecting any dispensaries proposed in the city limits.
The hearing is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, after which P&Z will meet and make its recommendation to the board of aldermen. The commission will also hear testimony on an unrelated subdivision of land issue at the start of the hearing.
If enacted, the 1,000-foot buffer will allow only a few, small, widely-scattered areas of the city to qualify for a dispensary. P&Z also decided on business hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Manufacturing facilities, where marijuana-infused products are made, would be limited to the industrial park, as would any cultivation facilities. Only greenhouses could be used to grow marijuana. Hours are limited to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Under Amendment 2, passed by Missouri voters last fall, cities can limit where dispensaries and manufacturing or cultivation facilities are located, but cannot ban them altogether.
The number of dispensaries in the state is limited to 192, with no more than 24 in each of the eight U.S. Congressional Districts. Cultivation facilities are limited to 60 statewide and manufacturing facilities are capped at 86 in Missouri.