ELLISVILLE • In case Missouri ever makes medical marijuana legal, Ellisville officials are asking staff to craft potential legislation to govern the locations and requirements for greenhouses and retail dispensaries.
Acting Mayor Dan Duffy and the City Council, at a work session on Wednesday, approved asking staff to develop the zoning text amendments, after Councilman Ken Newhouse suggested consideration of the issue to bring in money from marijuana growth and sales, should it become legal statewide. Newhouse said the issue could go before voters later this year.
“I agree completely – this would be a potential source of retail revenue for us,” Duffy said.
“For example, Old State Road is in our light industrial manufacturing zone, and we could alter zoning and allow agricultural uses such as marijuana greenhouses. And we would need to make retail stores a conditional use in commercial areas.”
Councilman Stephen Chismarich added that legislation on greenhouses could also include allowing smaller hydroponic growing areas. Councilman Vince McGrath agreed, saying “marijuana isn’t an easy crop to grow – you won’t see people throwing seeds out in a field.”
“I think this is forthcoming, about to change in the state,” Chismarich said.
Duffy suggested staff look at current regulations on marijuana in other states, such as Illinois, where it is decriminalized for recreational use and legally permitted