In July, Mississippi will begin accepting applications for those wanting to open a medical marijuana dispensary. Before that, aspiring dispensary owners must receive permits from their city, approving the location of the dispensary.
As of Thursday, there have been three permit requests for dispensaries and another for a grow facility filed with the city of Columbus, according to building administrator Kenneth Wiegel.
The city’s planning commission will consider the requests on June 13 and make its recommendation whether to approve or deny the permits to the city at the June 21 city council meeting.
Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said that while there have been a lot of inquiries about obtaining permits in Starkville, no one has applied for a permit so far.
“I’d be very surprised if that doesn’t happen, though,” Spruill said.
Among those who have filed for a permit are Corey Herring and Sophia Kibe, who are partnering on a planned dispensary at a Highway 45 site Kibe has been renting for two years.
Herring is the owner of Corey Herring Automotive and Kibe is a massage therapist at Mississippi State who also has a private practice as well as a metaphysical shop, which offers an array