Mo. Medical Marijuana Co. Scores Early Win In Zoning Battle

By Sam Reisman (January 21, 2020, 6:39 PM EST) -- A medical marijuana company can proceed with its application to open a dispensary in Independence, Missouri, after a state court judge agreed to temporarily stay a city ordinance that would severely limit where pot sellers can set up shop.

The court found Jan. 16 that the Healing Center of Kansas City, or HCKC LLC, made a strong case that Independence overreached with a city law barring dispensaries from opening within 500 feet of a residential zone, and that the prohibition likely ran afoul of the Missouri state constitution.

The medical marijuana purveyor said that the local ordinance, enacted in July, effectively...

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