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In November, Missouri voters approved Amendment 2, legalizing medical marijuana. The Planning and Zoning commission is now proposing ordinance changes about marijuana that the City Council discussed on Monday, Dec. 10, at its meeting.

WARRENSBURG — Following the Nov. 6 vote and the amending of the Missouri Constitution to allow access to medical marijuana, the Warrensburg Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended changes to the city ordinance regarding locations where marijuana dispensaries and cultivation would be allowed.

The proposed changes address the locations that marijuana would be allowed to be sold.

As per the proposed amendment, a marijuana dispensary or the cultivation of marijuana will not be allowed within 1,000 feet of any school, day-care center, church, public library or public park.

Marijuana cultivation or dispensing will not be allowed within 500 feet of a residentially zoned area, facilities that are city government property or are licensed for adult entertainment or have a liquor license.

Marijuana cultivation or dispensing will not be allowed within 500 feet of another marijuana related facility except when marijuana sales are less than 5 percent of the business in a state or federally licensed pharmacy.

Any facility that cultivates or dispenses marijuana will be required to not emit an odor. If an odor causes a public nuisance, appropriate ventilation systems would be required to be installed in the facility.

The amendment was on the agenda for the Dec. 10 City Council meeting.

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