GLEN CARBON, Ill. – A medical marijuana dispensary may move into a Metro East neighborhood near a school. Parents say they’re upset because there’s nothing they can do about it.
The building was once a bank and later a pharmacy. Now it could be home to one of two regional medical marijuana dispensaries. Neighbors say it’s too close to a school, as well as their homes.
On Tuesday night, many residents from the Ginger Creek subdivision, located behind the possible dispensary site, said they do not want the business in their neighborhood.
According to state statute, the dispensary has be 1,000 feet from a school and this site sits 1,144 feet from Edwardsville High School property, mainly the sports complex.
Residents are upset because they say they felt the wool had been pulled over their eyes and they didn’t have a say.
Village leaders say by the time they found out about the possible location in their community, it was too late to make an amendment to change the zoning.
“The applicant had to contact us to get our opinion as to whether or not should the state say they can have a dispensary here in glen carbon, would that location be acceptable per our current zoning code and I gave the opinion that yes it was,” says Glen Carbon Village Attorney Terry Bruckert.
“It’s too near the high school, the Girl Scouts have a corporate office there girl scouts come and go there’s kids, it shouldn’t be near kids,” says mom and Ginger Creek resident, Jane Michener.
“There’s property there that we mow, we maintain it and kids play there,” says another Ginger Creek resident, Joan Humes.
The commission says they did give the public notice and that the issue was discussed in several public meetings. The state of Illinois will decide whether or not the dispensary goes at the Glen Carbon location.
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