US: Columbia regulations, zoning upgrades for cannabis microbusinesses possible by council

Columbia is continuing the process of welcoming cannabis businesses to the city from statewide voter-approved changes in laws dating back to 2019 for medical cannabis. This time the Columbia City Council is looking at updating city regulations related to cannabis microbusiness licensing based on changes in state law and regulations when Missouri voters approved converting to a recreational and medical use state in November.

Two of the three bills up for discussion Monday will focus on microbusiness license updates, while the third is bringing city ordinances in line with Amendment 3's recreational cannabis possession amount of up to three ounces.

The first of the two microbusiness updates is the adoption of business license provisions, while the second updates the city's unified development code, or UDC, to incorporate microbusiness definitions and other planning and zoning regulations.

The council in February approved regulations that allowed medical cannabis licensed facilities to adjust to comprehensive licenses. This further update addresses two types of cannabis facilities classified as micro businesses, per the staff memo attached to Monday's council agenda.


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