GLEN CARBON — The Glen Carbon village board voted against sending a letter of opposition to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding the marijuana dispensary, Nature’s Care, NCC, LLC proposed to open in the village Wednesday evening.
The action to send a letter in opposition did not pass by a 3-2 vote. Those who voted in favor of sending the letter were board members Ross Breckenridge and Mary Beth Williams. The three board members in opposition to sending the letter were; David Smith, Mary Ann Smith and Brooke Harmony. Member Jorja Dickemann was absent from the meeting.
The vote came two weeks after the board members had tabled the motion provided that Representative Dwight Kay, Mayor Rob Jackstadt and Superintendent Dr. Ed Hightower could meet during the two-week window.
Hightower expressed concerns that the dispensary would be too close to Edwardsville High School and sports facilities during the meeting on Oct. 28, 2014. State law requires dispensaries to be located at least 1,000 feet from schools and facilities. The proposed location would be 1,144 feet from the Edwardsville Sports Complex.
Attorney Terry Bruckert advised the village to remain neutral, as the decision would be made by the state.
“There are certain liability issues associated with taking a certain position,” Bruckert said.
Those within the Village of Glen Carbon government also understand that this issue is not something they can resolve themselves.
“It’s the state’s determination on the application,” Village Administrator Jamie Bowden said.
Though the first motion failed to pass, the board members did pass a second motion with regard to Nature’s Care, NCC, LLC. The board notified the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation about an unlicensed home daycare within 1,000 feet of the proposed dispensary location.
According to state law, the dispensary may not be located within 1,000 feet of a home daycare. The existence of the daycare was brought to the attention of the board long after the application for the dispensary was presented. The dispensary application was filed at the end of July and according to Bowden, the board just recently became aware of the daycare.
According to Bruckert, both he and the village were acting as a middle-man to present the state information about the daycare. He also mentions that qualifications for a home daycare possess some gray area in terms of definition, a definition he thought would be best for the state to determine.
The issue was called to the village’s attention by a neighbor of the daycare.
The owner of the daycare applied for a business license last week, according to Bowden.
The proposed dispensary located near the Ginger Creek subdivision in Glen Carbon has come under scrutiny from local residents. Residents fear of the safety of their children if the dispensary was permitted to open at its proposed location.
In a recent story by the Telegraph, owner Mitch Meyers defended her business and insured residents that their children’s safety would not be compromised as a result of her business.
Concerns from local business owners have also been documented by the Telegraph as some owners fear there may be an increase in crime as a result of Nature’s Care, NCC, LLC. Due to the fact that marijuana is still illegal on a federal level, those purchasing it for medical purposes would only be permitted to pay for their product in cash. Increased cash on hand has lead to fears of robberies in the area.
Only two of the 11 proposed applicants for a medical marijuana dispensary will be successful and it is unclear when a decision will be made with regard to the dispensary.
“Some decision could be made by the first of the year, but that has yet to be determined,” Bowden said. “That’s nothing we can control.”
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