Medical Marijuana Dispensary Clears Major Hurdle | Webster Kirkwood Times | timesnewspapers.com – Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc.

A major hurdle has been cleared for Root 66, a medical marijuana dispensary hoping to open its fourth St. Louis-area location in Des Peres at 12095 Manchester Road. 

At a special meeting on May 4, the Des Peres Board of Adjustment ruled that Public Works Director Steve Meyer made no error in determining that Root 66’s proposed new home was not prohibitively close to a school, child day care or church. The city requires that medical marijuana dispensaries not be within 1,000 feet of such establishments.

To make his determination, Meyer utilized a map of all the city’s day cares, schools and churches created when the city’s medical marijuana ordinance was developed in 2019.

Meyer’s ruling, made Jan. 28 during Root 66’s application process, was challenged by Meghan Lamping of law firm Carmody MacDonald on behalf of Briann Realty LP, which owns the shopping center adjacent to the proposed dispensary. 

Lamping argued that Mathnasium, a for-profit tutoring center that  shares a wall with 12095 Manchester Road, should have been considered a school when Meyer was making his determination.

Lamping made her case before the Des Peres Board of Adjustment on April 27. She argued that Mathnasium should be considered a school because it

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