Emmett Reistroffer, owner of Sioux Falls-based Genesis Farms LLC, and Donald Livesay Jr., of Mitchell, were among the two individuals seeking to open a dispensary who had their variances denied.

Reistroffer’s plan to open a dispensary at 100 W. Fifth Ave. that sits across the street from Word of Life Church sparked opposition among some nearby businesses and residents. Since his proposed location to open a medical cannabis dispensary in downtown Mitchell is within 300 feet from the church, he was required to receive a variance and conditional use to operate.

Rev. Bill Parks has been leading the Word of Life Church on Mitchell’s Main Street for the past 25 years, and he opposed the proposed dispensary location across the street from his church.

“If you created a buffer zone for churches, I would just ask that you maintain that in this process of approving licenses,” Parks said. “I wish (Reistroffer) well, and I do hope he finds a location just not at this one.”

But the Planning Commission honored the city’s code that prohibits a dispensary from being within 300 feet of a church, unanimously denying Reistroffer’s

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