Plans for medical marijuana dispensary in Des Peres met with pushback from neighboring businesses – KOMU 8

DES PERES, Missouri (KMOV) — A proposal for a medical marijuana dispensary in Des Peres has several neighboring commercial businesses concerned about safety and traffic congestion.

The City of Des Peres said it has received an application and is evaluating a petition to put a medical marijuana dispensary at 12095 Manchester Road.

“Des Peres zoning regulations are as restrictive as allowed by the Missouri state constitution, which prohibit dispensaries within 1,000 feet of a church, school or daycare center,” Douglas J. Harms, City Administrator in Des Peres, said. “The city has previously denied two applications for marijuana dispensaries at locations within the city that were within 1,000 feet of a church or daycare center.”

Kristine Finlay, Managing Partner of Briann Realty LP, who owns the strip center adjacent to the proposed location, said she is opposed to a dispensary moving in at the proposed location.

“First, nearly all of the more than 40 family-friendly businesses already in the adjacent shopping center that my firm manages do not support this,” she said. “Second, it would be located just 45 feet from an established and popular after-school mathematics instructional center for K-12 kids.”

Mathnasium, a math learning center, has been in the strip center for three

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