Columbia Wants Public Input on Cultivation of Marijuana

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Health and the Substance Abuse Advisory Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday to gauge public opinion on proposed changes to the city's marijuana ordinance.

"We want to know what you think and what you feel, and then these two organizations (Board of Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Commission) will bring back the information to city council," said Andrea Waner, Public Information Specialist for the Columbia Board of Health and Human Services.

The current ordinance does not allow for the cultivation, or growing, of medicinal marijuana. The proposed changes would allow people with a doctor's recommendation to grow and possess up to six cannabis plants.

The proposed ordinance would allow seriously ill people with a doctor's recommendation to possess up to 35 grams of marijuana. The ordinance would also strike out the Class A misdemeanor charge that comes with the possession of marijuana.

Columbia Lawyer Dan Viets proposed the changes to the current ordinance. Viets brought the changes to the council for review at its April 7th meeting. 

Viets said there is no set date for the council to approve the proposed changes, but it could potentially vote in September or October.

You can access the amended ordinance here.

The meeting is at the Boone County Health Department Building on West Worley Street and it will begin at 5:30 p.m.