ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -Parents and school leaders in Soulard want to know how and why dispensaries are able to open up so close to Lift for Life Academy.
“Our kids are already faced with a lot of challenges and they’re faced with negative temptations,” said Lift for Life’s dean of students, Torrey Davie. Davie also has a kid in the school too.
He says things like this would not happen in suburban or more affluent areas.
“I highly doubt that a weed dispensary would be right there so I want that same though process for my child,” said Davie.
First Alert 4 was the first to tell you about how the former Jimmy John’s on 1631 S. Broadway is being morphed into a dispensary right across the street from Lift for Life.
“In a city with a high density, like you see in the city of St. Louis, that thousand foot eliminated the majority of commercial opportunities,” said Alderperson Cara Spencer.
Spencer says a few years ago, the Board of Aldermen took recommendations from the city’s planning and zoning department, to eliminate the 1000-foot buffer. Spencer says the departments analysis revealed the buffer actually eliminated the majority of commercial opportunities.
“I think commonsense says you should