Real activity now has begun for setting up medical marijuana facilities in the city of O’Fallon.
At the June 27 City Council workshop, Planning Manager Steve Striklan highlighted a Planning and Zoning [P&Z] rezoning request likely to come before the city council as early as its meeting on July 11. P&Z has received a request to rezone the property at 1613 East Terra Lane, location of the Faszold Heating & Cooling business, from I-1/Light Industrial to C3/Highway Commercial. The purpose is to enable the use of part of the existing building for a medical marijuana dispensary, while the Faszold business continues to use the remainder of the building. The entire property would become C-3, but only a portion of the building would be used for the dispensary.
Council member Jeff Kuehn [Ward 4] asked if it is allowed to put a medical marijuana dispensary in a building shared with a non-dispensary business. Kuehn clarified that he did not want to even start on this rezoning if such a setup would not be allowed anyway.
Stricklan confirmed that yes, the shared building would be allowed as long as strict security measures mandated by Missouri’s medical marijuana law were met. He noted that the state would decide if security measures were met, as part of their application and certification process.
In a follow-up interview after the workshop, O’Fallon Economic Development Director Patrick McKeehan provided more context, saying, “There are four or five other potential medical marijuana facilities in the planning stage, where those parties are starting to work on getting zoning and buildings lined up prior to doing applications to the state of Missouri for medical marijuana licensing and certification. This rezoning request for 1613 East Terra Lane is just the first one to begin the P&Z process. There will be more of these to come before the council in upcoming months.”
O’Fallon previously approved a medical marijuana land use plan at the March 28 city council meeting. That plan specifies where such facilities can be and cannot be located, minimum distances [750 feet] away from schools, daycare centers and churches, among other regulations.