Julia Crabtree, owner and operator of Tranzform Wellness in Versailles, appeared before the Versailles City Council Tuesday, April 9 during their regular meeting at City Hall, requesting the city consider the recent changes in Missouri law regarding medical marijuana; the coming market for dispensaries, production facilities, and growth facilities; and the requirement that any such operations be at least 1,000 feet away from a church or school.
“It’s coming, whether we like it or not,” Crabtree said about the market for medical marijuana. She is planning to open a dispensary, if her application is approved by the state by the end of this year. She also has plans to operate in Pettis and Henry counties. 
She asked the city council to consider adjusting or waiving the 1,000-feet limitation, as that would allow her to consider the purchase of a handful of available commercial buildings in the city limits. If the city does not approve the variance, Crabtree may have to consider a location in the county. 
“You can see how I run my current business,” Crabtree said. “Anything I do will be rolled out in a professional, medical fashion.”
The city council tabled action until the May meeting to allow for consideration.
In other city business, a dog, rescued from its owner in an animal abuse case, was treated at a local veterinarian’s practice, receiving surgery and care for approximately one month. The cost to the city was $1,134.73. Restitution may be ordered in the case, but the dog remains in the custody of the city pound.

Public Hearing
A public hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 to hear citizen input about the re-zoning of a plot on Gunn Road from R-1 to R-2 or C-1 for the construction of a townhouse/duplex.
Council Briefs
– Citywide cleanup week is April 22-26.
– Two permits for operation of fireworks stands were approved.
– A $25,000 grant has been applied for to potentially offset the cost of an engineering study, including storage, well locations, distribution system, pressure and flow, and more.
– New banners for the city’s street lamps around the square are needed. A new design will be sought.
– The sidewalk project on Fisher Street is complete.
– A fire hydrant was replaced at McNair and Fisher.
– The helipad lights at the airport were not working and will be repaired.
– An awning was requested for the entrance to the police department.
– An airport security system has been installed.
– A potential ordinance regarding waste from horses in city limits was tabled.