When it came to the future placement of any marijuana dispensaries near a residential neighborhood in Joliet, some residents spoke, and the council heard them loud and clear.
The Joliet City Council on Tuesday voted 6-2 against a proposal to reduce the setback of and adult use cannabis shop from 250 feet to 100 feet. The initial proposal was to reduce it down to 50 feet.
Kathy Spieler, of the Reedwood Neighborhood Association, told the council she came to Tuesday’s meeting to say, “50 feet is too close to our kids.” Spieler expressed concern the proposed ordinance would allow cannabis dispensaries too close to pre-schools, daycare center, schools and parks and other places where children would be nearby.
A handful of other residents joined Spieler at the meeting, and some carried signs reading “Say No to 50 Feet.”
Another resident, Mary Beth Gannon of the Cathedral neighborhood, said other communities have stricter ordinances in place to ensure the dispensaries couldn’t be close to schools, day care center, parks and other places where children might be. She pointed to Shorewood, Aurora and Peoria which have ordinances requiring distances of 500 to 750 feet, measuring from property line to property line.