Medical marijuana is coming to St. Charles County. Based on license applications approved by the state through Jan. 24, there could be 13 locations in the county, including 12 dispensaries and one cultivation facility.
The state-approved applications for the following businesses:
• Bloom Medicinals of MO LLC, Phoenix Parkway & Technology Drive, O’Fallon
• Blue Sky Health & Wellness LLC, 1197 Bryan Road, O’Fallon
• Missouri Wild Apothecary LLC, 1120 Technology Drive, O’Fallon
• Missouri Wild Apothecary LLC, 2173 W. Terra Lane, O’Fallon
• V3 MO Vending 1 LLC, 1172 W. Terra Lane, O’Fallon
• QPS Missouri Holdings LLC, 1416 Harvestowne Industrial Drive, St. Charles
• BeLeaf Medical LLC, 104 Hospital Drive, St. Peters
• GF Wellness St. Peters LLC, 3004 S. St. Peters Parkway, St. Peters
• Heya St. Charles Retail II LLC, 4300 N. Service Road, St. Peters
• LSL Management LLC, 3899 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Peters
• Mint MO 4 LLC, 150 Mid Rivers Mall Circle, St. Peters
• Harvest of Missouri LLC, 859 Robert Raymond Drive, Lake Saint Louis
Bloom Medicinals of MO LLC, 2 S. Cool Springs Industrial Drive, O’Fallon, also was approved by the state as a cultivation site.
License approval is the first step for these medical marijuana businesses to be able to open. Next steps will vary based on each city’s approval process and how much construction is needed for each business to meet state requirements for security, parking, etc.
In O’Fallon, Communications Director Tom Drabelle said the five approved dispensary locations are permitted under the existing C-2 zoning of those areas. The cultivation location is in an industrial zone that also allows that use. Once all build-out requirements are met, a business license application will need to be submitted by each location for review and approval by city staff.
“These new businesses will bring new jobs and revenue to our city,” Drabelle said, “and we anticipate them becoming active members of our business community.”
While municipalities can put some restrictions on the new businesses, Dan Viets, chairman of the Missouri Cannabis Industry Association, said those regulations can only go so far.
Viets points out that Amendment 2 allows for local government to put “reasonable restrictions” on location and hours. This is mostly done through zoning ordinances.
Viets is an attorney who was also a key player with the group that helped get Amendment 2 on the ballot last year. He is the president of New Approach Missouri, a political organization based in St. Charles that is among the most active medical marijuana advocates in the state. He noted, “If the cities decide to put undue restrictions, there will certainly be litigation.”
The St. Charles County dispensaries are part of the 192 licenses approved by the state, 72 of which are in the greater St. Louis area. For medical marijuana proponents, like Viets, the news signaled a welcome advance forward.
“I think we feel good about the general distribution of licenses [in the St. Louis area] but we hope they do issue more soon,” Viets said. He was quick to point out that Amendment 2 did not set a number on the maximum number of licenses that could be issued for medical marijuana business in the state. While he applauded the state for issuing more licenses than the required minimum, he also said he was optimistic we could see “far more licenses in the near future.”
The state received more than 1,100 applications.
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Reporter Jeffrey Bricker contributed to this story.