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Palmyra passes medical marijuana ordinances

Missouri communities are getting ready for medical marijuana. The Palmyra City Council has passed two new ordinances that outline where it can be grown and sold.

The ordinances passed Thursday night will give the city more control over medical marijuana in the city limits.

Mayor Loren Graham said the ordinances make it so dispensaries and grow operations can’t be within 800 feet of a school, church or daycare.

He said dispensaries will have to operate in commercial zones, and grow operations will have to be in industrial zones.

“I know that there’s been some applications made for a growing center and a dispensary in our area, and so I thought it’s a good idea for us to address this and get it on the books,” said Graham.

According to the ordinances, dispensaries and grow operations must also be at least 500 feet away from residential zones, and medical marijuana can only be used on private property.

At last report, state officials said they’ve received over 2,000 applications for facilities.

Voters legalized medical marijuana in Missouri a year ago. There’s still no word on when patients will be able to get their hands on medical marijuana, as the state continues to work on rolling out the program.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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