Where should marijuana dispensaries be located in St. Louis? The board of aldermen will decide.

A bill sponsored by Alderman Jack Coatar will be discussed Friday.

Kevin Killeen
April 25, 2019 - 8:53 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — A bill to regulate how medical marijuana is grown, processed and sold in St. Louis will be introduced in the board of aldermen Friday morning. 

The state says local towns can zone medical marijuana facilities to be as far as 1,000 feet away from a school or church. The bill, sponsored by Alderman Jack Coatar (D-7th Ward), would throw out the thousand-foot rule and let medical marijuana dispensaries go anywhere a pharmacy can now go.

"In an area as dense as St. Louis, 1,000 feet, you're pretty much always 1,000 feet away from a church or a daycare center, so we didn't really think that was feasible," Coatar told KMOX's Kevin Killeen. "So we decided to get rid of that requirement and just go strictly off of zoning."

"If you're a dispensary, we're going to treat you like a pharmacy. So any commercial district in the city where you could legally have a pharmacy, you'll be able to have a dispensary — that's assuming you get one of the limited number of licenses," Coatar said.

Coatar's plan would allow medical marijuana growing and processing facilities to be in any place zoned industrial. Eventually, he says, we could see two-dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

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