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US (MO): City to curb odors at medical cannabis cultivation facilities

The Olivette City Council has approved restrictions on facilities growing or processing cannabis, following a months-long effort by residents to block cannabis farm odors.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a 750-foot residential buffer between homes and cannabis farms, processing or testing facilities, making it at least the third city in the St. Louis region with a residential buffer.

The ordinance also requires the facilities to keep odors “minimally detectable” outside their buildings and get a special permit to operate, during which the city can set additional regulations.

The ordinance comes months after Proper Cannabis, which operates a cannabis farm in Rock Hill, withdrew plans to open a second farm in Olivette in an old warehouse that backed up to homes. Residents raised concerns that mitigation technologies wouldn’t prevent the facility from leaking odor into the surrounding neighborhood.

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