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Lee's Summit leaders pause administrative decisions on medical marijuana

Posted at 10:36 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 23:36:12-05

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Two weeks after Missouri voters approved the use of medical marijuana, the Lee's Summit City Council voted to temporarily pause all administrative decisions when it comes to medical marijuana. 

The city wants to put together a plan, looking at the zoning and planning ordinances, before the state opens applications for those who want to sell it. 

"We don't yet know what the parameters of the regulations are that the state will be placing upon this activity," said city attorney Brian Head. "We want to ensure that whatever regulations we do are fair and consistent with the law but allow the city to regulate as fully as possible within the power given." 

As Lee's Summit looks over its city ordinances, businesses are looking towards applications opening. 

Hemp Life Kansas City currently offers CBD products. The store hopes to become one of the first dispensaries in the state. 

To prepare, owner Jay Humfeld has been speaking with consultants and other businesses in states that allow medical marijuana. 

"We're trying to talk to these people and learn what they have done, learn from their mistakes. And get the right people on our side to apply for an application," he said. 

It will likely takes months before individuals can apply for a medical marijuana card and purchase it from a store. The new law requires all marijuana to be grown in-state and applications have not been opened yet. 

Hemp Life Kansas City is hosting a free workshop on Dec. 5 to speak about the application process. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.