Libertyville Set To Approve Med Marijuana Rules
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Libertyville Set To Approve Med Marijuana Rules
Posted by CN Staff on June 23, 2014 at 15:04:38 PT
By Dan Waters, Tribune Reporter
Source: Chicago Tribune 
Illinois -- As Libertyville officials prepare to put into place zoning regulations for medical marijuana growing as distribution facilities, Director of Community Development John Spoden said his office has already gotten some calls from people expressing interest in opening such a shop in town.But without a set of zoning restrictions in place, Spoden said the inquiries haven't gained any traction. That could change soon, as trustees recently approved a preliminary set of regulations on where any cultivation operations or dispensaries might be able to open in town.
Illinois' four-year pilot program, which went into effect Jan. 1, will allow doctors to prescribe up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to patients with one of 33 approved debilitating medical conditions.Known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Pilot Program Act, the law allows up to 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries, to be spread out geographically across the state.In Libertyville's case, Spoden said the village went very closely off a Lake County task force's recommendation for a model zoning ordinance, with a few minor changes.The task force  whose guidelines were released shortly after the law went into effect  was made up of representatives of more than 30 Lake County communities.Any cultivation center has to be located at least 2,500 feet from any schools, day care centers or residential areas.Dispensaries must have at least a 1,000-foot buffer from schools and day care centers, and cannot be within a residential zoning area, according to a copy of the ordinance that was given the initial OK by trustees on June 10.Both require well-lit parking lots monitored by video surveillance, discreet signage and security provisions approved by Spoden and the Libertyville Police Department.With the buffer zones eliminating much of Libertyville from consideration for any growing or selling operation, Spoden said any such facilities would basically be limited to less than a one-square-mile industrial section in the northwest section of town."The only place you could do it is basically along Industrial Drive," Mayor Terry Weppler said.Looking ahead, Weppler also briefly brought up the issue of how much a permit might cost for anyone looking to get into the pot business in Libertyville, but others said that's still a ways off. Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Author:  Dan Waters, Tribune ReporterPublished: June 23, 2014Copyright: 2014 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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