Eureka approves permit for hemp production facility

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EUREKA, MO (KPLR) - Tuesday night’s board of alderman meeting was packed and the community got a final answer on if a newly proposed greenhouse would happen and it was a yes with a 4 to 1 vote.

Alderman approved a special use permit for a new greenhouse at the 18675 U.S. Highway 66 near the prison in Pacific. The 1,400 square foot facility would hold around 400 hemp plants and the oil from the plants would be used to treat epilepsy.  The Noah's Arc Foundation will also run the location. According to Mayor Kevin Coffey the greenhouse does not have any economic impact on the city and the only thing that can be grown are plants with .3 percent or less of THC content.

The plants will be sent to an extraction site in west St. Louis County to remove the oil and manufacture the medication. The facility will be under 24-hour surveillance and police will do inspections.

Mayor Coffee also says there could potentially be two other sites in Kansas City and Springfield.