COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
A Columbia medical marijuana dispensary claims the city’s development rules conflict with the laws voters approved.
A lawsuit filed by GRD Columbia, LLC asked a Boone County judge to stop the city from requiring changes to the property based on its development code. That includes landscaping and traffic design rules that the business said would make development unsafe.
GRD Columbia is one of seven businesses in Columbia awarded a dispensary license by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The business, operating as Green Releaf Dispensary at 204 East Broadway and run by Jingneshkumar Patel, claims the city made it follow “arbitrary” development rules that conflict with the state constitutional changes voters approved in 2018 that allowed medical marijuana sales.
The lawsuit from Columbia attorney Danieal Miller said the city is requiring it to install “windows and/or a door” on the west side of the old gas station it is converting into a dispensary. Miller said the state, however, would require the business to cover the windows in order to get a dispensary license. Miller said the city then asked to make landscaping changes to the property to block view of the windows or doors.