Among the four dispensary applications that were recently submitted to the city, a Missouri-based medical cannabis company that will do business as BWD Mitchell was the one to receive the council’s unanimous approval. The remaining three applications were tabled in part due to the proposed dispensary locations falling within 1,000 feet from the Missouri group’s dispensary that’s planned to go inside the Runnings building when the retailer moves into the former Kmart building across the street.
As part of the city’s zoning codes for medical marijuana establishments, a dispensary cannot be within 1,000 feet of another dispensary without a variance being issued. That means the three applications that were tabled on Monday will be required to get a variance in order for the dispensaries to be approved by the council. The city Planning and Zoning Commission will consider approving the variances, which City Attorney Justin Johnson said could take place on Jan. 10, 2022, at the earliest. After the Planning Commission considers the variances, it would send the applications back to the council for final approval.
“Each of the applications that you have were reviewed by staff and meet the requirements, but there are some variances that will be needed