Waynesville and Kennett are both seeking direct deals with marijuana companies – Springfield News


DHSS released the first draft of rules on how to obtain a medical marijuana ID card to possess and/or grow weed.
Megan Bridgeman, USA TODAY Network

Springfield officials said this week that Queen City municipal government isn’t planning specific efforts to develop the emerging medical marijuana industry.

But that’s not the case elsewhere in the Show-Me State. At least two small towns are taking direct steps to get medical marijuana established in their communities. Their city officials and potential business partners say they’re eager for jobs, technology, better health outcomes, new forms of agriculture and tax revenue.

Medical cannabis trade groups say that for every dollar spent on marijuana in a retail setting, “an additional $3 in economic benefit is realized — much of it at the local level.”

Waynesville and Kennett — rural communities with

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