CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — A proposed marijuana manufacturing facility on Old Highway 5 in Camdenton cleared a hurdle towards development, when it received a green-light from the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission.

At their Wednesday, June 19 meeting, the P&Z commission approved recommending a request by Richard Stadtler to rezone his property from Residential-2 to Industrial, for the operation of a proposed marijuana manufacturing facility. The property is located at 5611 Old Route 5 in Camdenton. The final decision will go before the Camden County Commission on Thursday, July 18.

Missouri voters passed Amendment 2, by a margin of 66 to 34 percent, changing the Missouri Constitution, in November 2019, to allow the purchase, cultivation, dispensing, manufacturing, transporting and testing of medicinal marijuana in Missouri. Each activity requires a different state license. Missouri joined 33 other states and Washington D.C. in medical marijuana legalization.

Even if the Camden County Commission approves the rezone, it is not guaranteed that Stadtler will be given a license to manufacture marijuana in Camden County, as there will only be a limited number of licenses granted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The first-time legal marijuana market is projected to produce millions of dollars per year from licensing fees and tax proceeds. However, a Missouri University study predicts that between $2.9 million and $3.4 million are the true tax revenue numbers that will be generated from the sale of medical marijuana in 2022, much less than the $24 million first predicted by medical marijuana proponents.

Amendment 2 became effective on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The applications for licensure will begin being accepted by the state, on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The state then has until Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 to approve or deny the applications for licensure.

There was no opposition from the public at the public hearing held on Stadtler's request, the same evening it was approved. Persons that own property within 1,000 ft. of the proposed marijuana manufacturing facility were notified of the public hearing in advance, a notice was placed in the newspaper announcing the public hearing, and the planning and zoning commission agenda announcing the Stadtler case, was posted on the county website.

If approved, Stadtler said he will extract oils for the manufacturing of marijuana-based vapor cartridges and edibles.

The next meeting of the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Camden County Courthouse.

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