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Stillwater Planning Commission approves specific use permit at Tuesday meeting

Stillwater Planning Commission

Members of the Stillwater Planning Commission meet in Stillwater Municipal Building. 

The Stillwater Planning Commission approved the specific use permit request from Homestead Harvest to open another medical marijuana dispensary in downtown on Tuesday.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the permit.

Assistant city manager Paula Dennison said since the commission’s only authority is to act as a recommending body, the final decision is up to the city council. The city council will give the final say on a legal permit to operate in Stillwater.

The commission quickly discussed the agenda item and casted their votes within 5 minutes. The commissioners voted 4-0, with commissioner Brad Rickelman absent from the meeting.

Two of the four Homestead Harvest’s owners and founders, Jeremy Mullin and Matt Whalen, were happy to get the approval.

“This is an opportunity to give Oklahomans safe access to a product that they’d been seeking otherwise,” Mullin said.

The business is expected to move into a building at 114 W. Eighth Ave. in the commercial business district. Development Services manager Lanc Gross oversees the actions of the planning commission.

“Each specific use permit for a dispensary is site specific,” Gross said.

The state law list what types of businesses belong in each zoning area. Dispensaries fall under commercial business zones.

Along with zoning, medical marijuana dispensaries all require a specific use permit. Every specific use permit request has to go through the planning commission before seeking further action.

Most of these requests have been approved due to Law 788. The recent vote on Oklahoma ballots that involve legalizing the use of medical marijuana in the state.

Planning Commissioner Cindy Thielman-Braun voted to approve the permit at the meeting. She said along with the other dispensaries that have been deemed to legally operate in Oklahoma, they help people of all ages.

While visiting one of the first CBD shops in Stillwater, she said it was gratifying to see so many people get help locally.

“This allows people who need medical marijuana to have safe and efficient access” Thielman-Braun said. “I think it’s a benefit to the community.”