No medical marijuana manufacturing facility shall take place with five-hundred feet of any residential zoning district or public park.

A public Planning and Zoning meeting held in Camdenton May 14 has put the pieces in place to begin the city’s movement towards medical marijuana. 

A number of distances were suggested for medical marijuana facilities. The code states that: No medical marijuana manufacturing facility shall take place with one-thousand feet of any school, child day-care center, church or public library. No medical marijuana manufacturing facility shall take place with one-thousand feet of any residential zoning district or public park. Medical marijuana manufacturing facilities shall not be accessible by the public but shall remain accessible to all designated City Officials for inspection purposes. 

In addition to this, it was also determined that, on the topic of medical marijuana dispensaries, no medical marijuana dispensary facility shall take place with five-hundred feet of any school, child day-care center, church or public library. Also, no medical marijuana manufacturing facility shall take place with five-hundred feet of any residential zoning district or public park. 

There were also proposed changes to rezoning within the city. This includes rezoning parts of Turner Parkway from "C-2" Highway Commercial to "1-2" Heavy Industrial. Rezoning all of Turner Parkway would clear up the issue of having a parcel and even a building having two separate zoning designations and also to allow Amendment 2 Medical Marijuana Facilities (cultivation, manufacturing, testing and dispensaries) to be located within. 

Many of these changes will see a first ordinance reading for the changes at an upcoming Board of Aldermen meeting May 21, and possibly a second in order to quicken the process. City Administrator Jeff Hancock says they are welcoming all public citizens with praises or concerns of the changes in hand. With the state vote of change to Amendment 2, it should be noted that the city of Camdenton will need to make changes in order to comply with state law. These initial ordinances are an attempt to resolve this compliance.