The Columbia City Council this week agreed to some zoning restrictions for Missouri’s medical marijuana business.

A report from Missourinet says the new statewide venture is expected to be up and running early next year.

City councilman Matt Pitzer says officials decided to put no limits on the number of cultivation and manufacturing spots.

There will be a 500-foot buffer between medical marijuana locations and places like churches and schools.

The state health department has started accepting applications for medical marijuana ID cards.