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Algonquin trustees recommend approval for medical marijuana dispensary

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This rendering shows the planned medical marijuana dispensary that Algonquin village officials are considering at 1154 N. Main St. in Algonquin.
Image provided This rendering shows the planned medical marijuana dispensary that Algonquin village officials are considering at 1154 N. Main St. in Algonquin.

ALGONQUIN – A medical marijuana dispensary is one step closer to coming to Algonquin.

The facility, at 1154 N. Main St., would operate similarly to a pharmacy but have higher levels of security, according to village documents.

Limited quantities of marijuana or marijuana products only would be distributed to patients with registration from the state of Illinois, which requires verification from a doctor that a patient has a condition that meets the requirements for medical marijuana, documents show. 

Ross Morreale, representing ILDISP III LLC, has petitioned the village for a special-use permit that would allow the company to build an attached garage to the property to provide space for secure deliveries and removal of waste product.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, trustees unanimously agreed to move the proposal forward for approval, Algonquin Village President John Schmitt said.

“I’m very happy that the village of Algonquin board understands that this isn’t like a hemp shop or anything like that,” Schmitt said Wednesday. “This is a dispensary for medical purposes that is drastically needed.”

The closest dispensary is in Schaumburg, Schmitt said, and this facility would provide relief to patients in McHenry County and surrounding areas.

Much of Tuesday’s nearly hourlong discussion regarding the dispensary revolved around the security of the facility, Schmitt said.

The location is easily accessible and has a high visibility for regular police monitoring, documents show, and the building would operate with a 24-hour video monitoring system.

“The state has approached this very cautiously, and the security involved is significant,” Schmitt said.

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was passed in August 2013 and is effective until July 2020, according to the state’s website. The act allows for one medical marijuana dispensary in McHenry County, village documents show.

The item will come before the Village Board at its next meeting, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive.

Algonquin Community Development Director Russ Farnum said that under the special-use permit the business would have a year to become licensed by the state and become operational. If plans for the project are approved, the facility would open in October, according to village documents.

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