Lake in the Hills considering medical marijuana rules

LAKE IN THE HILLS – If someone wants to locate a medical marijuana dispensary or cultivation center in the village, there won't be many places to locate, under proposed zoning rules.

Village officials are proposing that medical marijuana be allowed in areas next to the airport, light manufacturing areas and commercial business districts.

Under state law, marijuana dispensaries cannot be placed within 1,000 feet of a school, day care or child care facility. Dispensaries also can't be placed in residential-zoned areas or within a dwelling unit.

Cultivation centers cannot be placed within 2,500 feet of schools and child care facilities or any residential area.

According to a village documents, business districts along Algonquin, Lakewood, Ackman and Randall roads would be eliminated because of the proximity to residential areas, day cares and schools.

Community Development Director Dan Olson in a village memo wrote areas next to the airport, light manufacturing areas and commercial business districts, which have major commercial centers that have large volumes of traffic, would be places where dispensaries would be allowed.

He wrote that only areas predominantly in the northern and eastern portions, like along Pyott Road and Route 31, of the village could be places where marijuana dispensaries would be allowed under state law.

Under the medical marijuana law, only 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries are allowed in the state.

Other communities have set up zoning rules for the possibility of medical marijuana businesses setting up in town.

Barrington is allowing dispensaries and cultivation centers as special uses in its primary business district, but with no outdoor signs, larger than 8.5 by 11.

Woodstock will require a special-use permit of dispensaries in certain business districts. The city also allowed cultivation centers to be in agricultural districts and manufacturing areas as special uses.

What's next?

The village's Planning and Zoning Commission will review these recommendations at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate.

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