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The city of Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission will be moving forward with recommendations on zoning regulations related ordinances pertaining to Amendment 2 medical marijuana facilities at its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the city council chambers located in the basement of city hall, 110 W. Columbia Street.

The commission welcomes public input on recommendations made to the city council about these facilities — specifically regulations governing the time, place and manner of operations.

“Applications for these facilities to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will officially begin on June 4,” said Tim Porter, director of Development Services. “Planning and Zoning will be making recommendations to the city council of issues related to their operations.”

According to St. Francois County Collector Pamela Williams, nearly 65 percent of Farmington citizens voted in favor of Amendment 2 in the November election — nearly mirroring statewide totals of 66 percent.

Medical use of marijuana is limited to qualified patients. Qualifying conditions include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, chronic medical conditions that cause severe, persistent pain and chronic medical conditions normally treated with prescription medication that could lead to dependence. In order to purchase marijuana, a person must obtain a Qualifying Patient Identification Card or a Primary Caregiver Identification Card.

The Department of Health and Senior Services will determine eligibility of applicants for medical Marijuana facilities, which includes cultivation facilities, dispensaries, infused product facilities and testing facilities.

“They also will regulate these facilities after they are open,” said Porter. “The requirements to even obtain a license are quite daunting. The draft regulations that I have seen require things like high security measures and odor control.”

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