The St. Clair Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night made the recommendation to approve a medical marijuana ordinance addressing dispensaries and growing facilities.
City Administrator Travis Dierker presented the draft ordinance to the commission at a special meeting May 28, which includes how many feet a medical marijuana dispensary and a cultivation facility can be located from schools, child day cares and churches, as well as hours of operation and other requirements.
There was no action taken May 28, but during Monday’s meeting the commission voted 6-0 to recommend approval of the ordinance. Commissioner Doug Komo was absent from the meeting.
According to the proposed ordinance, a dispensary is a storefront where marijuana products are sold, and a cultivation facility is where marijuana plants are grown and where marijuana-infused products are made. The ordinance must be approved by the board of aldermen.
The commission set the distance between a school, day care or church and a dispensary, as well as a cultivation facility, at 750 feet. Zoning districts where dispensaries would be allowed in are C2 general commercial and C3 shopping centers, according to the ordinance.
Cultivation facilities and marijuana-infused manufacturing facilities would be zoned I-1 light/heavy industrial manufacturing. Hours of operation for sales or distribution of medical marijuana and other products sold to the public through a dispensary would take place between 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, according to the proposed ordinance.
A public hearing on the ordinance took place before the meeting. Planning commission member Greg Talleur asked why the dispensaries are being allowed open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.