Boonville city leaders prepare for medical marijuana manufacturing

Some investors wanting to grow medical marijuana considered Boonville’s old Nordyne facility as a possible manufacturing location. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13).Marijuana in Booneville

Some investors wanting to grow medical marijuana Friday considered Boonville’s old Nordyne facility as a possible manufacturing location. Boonville city leaders were developing new regulations for this new industry. Boonville’s old Nordyne facility, now owned by a Kansas City-based company called Big Industrial, was just one vacant building under consideration for growing medical marijuana. Boonville city leaders were creating new rules and regulations to keep their city safe. City officials said indoor marijuana growing facilities would have tight security including razor wire fences and controlled access gates.Marijuana in Booneville

Boonville Assistant City Administrator Kate Fjell said, “The city will do an annual inspection as part of a business license so we can keep track on it. Generally speaking, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council view this as no different than anything else that’s coming to town.”

State officials are only giving operating permits to 60 medical marijuana growing applicants. While manufacturing will likely take place in Boonville, the actual product will likely be sold in Columbia at certified dispensaries.

Fjell said, “There are a lot of unknowns still so we are doing the best that we can. Some of these things might change over time.”

Boonville city leaders needed to adopt regulations so medical marijuana growers could put a Boonville address on their license application. Boonville Planning and Zoning Commission members planned to meet next Tuesday to discuss regulations that would eventually need the approval of the City Council.

Only about 2% of Missouri’s population will qualify for medical marijuana use.Marijuana in Booneville

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