These wishing to open a medical marijuana facility must pay a $2,000 software charge beneath guidelines permitted by the Columbia Metropolis Council on Monday evening.  

The council voted 5-1 to approve the addition of Article 13 to Chapter 13 of the town code, which outlines the foundations for acquiring a yearlong license to function a medical marijuana enterprise. To function in Columbia, a enterprise will want a license from each the town and the Missouri Division of Well being & Senior Companies.

Fifth Ward Councilman Matt Pitzer voted towards the foundations, and Second Ward Councilman Mike Trapp was absent.

Most of Monday evening’s council dialogue centered on dispensaries due to a metropolis ordinance that caps the variety of dispensaries to seven. If the state approves seven or fewer purposes, all of these candidates will obtain a metropolis license. There isn’t a cap on the variety of manufacturing, cultivation and testing amenities allowed within the metropolis.

The appliance for a state license was due Monday. It’s unclear, nonetheless, when the state licenses will probably be awarded. To account for the DHSS schedule, the council unanimously voted to amend the unique invoice to permit enterprise house owners 21 days after receiving a state-issued license to use for a metropolis license, and a 60-day interval for the town to award these licenses.

The unique ordinance would have allowed for a two-week interval to simply accept dispensary purposes for a metropolis license, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15. 

Roughly 2,100 purposes for medical marijuana licenses in Missouri have been submitted to DHSS, Metropolis Counselor Nancy Thompson stated on the assembly. Of 592 purposes that had been prefiled earlier than the top of July, 31 are in Columbia, she stated.

“There’s going to be some fairly stiff competitors as (state) purposes are permitted,” Thompson stated. “No matter what we do, it’s going to be sophisticated.” 

Amongst different rules, the invoice requires a $2,000 charge to cowl the price of reviewing the applying, together with any extra prices the town incurs for doing legal background checks.

On the assembly, council members and residents shared considerations in regards to the authentic two-week software interval and the price to enterprise house owners, in addition to the potential for wasted employees effort.

Dan Viets, a Columbia lawyer who makes a speciality of marijuana instances, shared his concern about limiting the variety of…