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The Creve Coeur City Council approved an ordinance at its meeting on April 22 amending the city’s Zoning Ordinance to establish regulations for medical marijuana facilities. This legislation follows the statewide approval of a Constitutional Amendment last November approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The text amendment permits medical marijuana dispensaries in commercial areas, but medical marijuana dispensary facilities may be located no closer than 300 feet from a school.
The text amendment also allows medical marijuana cultivation and manufacturing facilities in research office and light industrial areas with approval of a conditional use permit, however the marijuana cultivation and processing activities are required to be indoors with systems in place to ensure no odor of marijuana is emitted. Testing facilities for medical marijuana are a permitted use in the light industrial and research office districts.
The Creve Coeur planning staff began drafting proposed regulations for medical marijuana facilities earlier this year and presented a draft ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review. The City of Creve Coeur held a public hearing on March 4, as well as a public forum on March 7, to provide citizens the opportunity to learn more about the proposed legislation. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend approval at their meeting on April 1.
Ordinance No. 5637 can be found online here.