Medical marijuana company commits to Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Voters cast ballots in favor of Amendment Two in November. The state of Missouri and the city of Springfield are now preparing for the change.

The Wholesome Bud Company announced Wednesday they will locate in Springfield. They plan to manufacture, cultivate and dispense medical marijuana to area patients.

"We're fitting into what is called a vertical model," Justin Petrillo, Chief Operating Officer of the Wholesome Bud Company, said. "What that means is we both cultivate, manufacture and dispense the medical marijuana."

Petrillo says the company does not have a location locked down yet. The city of Springfield is still working to figure out where medical marijuana should and should not be allowed. They are taking many things into consideration.

"Discussing what the proper zoning district should be, whether there should be a separation from schools, churches and daycares centers," Mary Lilly Smith, Springfield Director of Planning and Development, said. "(Also,) if there were any other special conditions that should be considered."

The zoning proposal suggests cultivating, testing and manufacturing facilities should be kept at least 1,000 feet away from schools, churches and daycares. While dispensaries should be kept 200 feet away. The specifics will be discussed by the Springfield City Council in the coming weeks. The ordinance is expected to be voted on April 22.

Desmond Morris, CEO with the Wholesome Bud, believes they will be able to help people experiencing pain.

"I really want to be able to give back to the community and that is why we are doing this," Morris said.

Other medical marijuana companies are planning to locate in Springfield. KY3/KSPR confirmed Infused Edibles will partner with a local business partner to manufacture in an industrial area in north Springfield.

The state will begin accepting applications for licenses from these businesses Aug. 3.

Read the original version of this article at www.ky3.com.