After months of discussion about zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, trustees signed off on a special-use permit for a potential new dispensary to open shop in an industrial district in west suburban Willowbrook.
The Compassionate Care Center dispensary may occupy a portion of an industrial building in the 7500 block of Quincy Street, pending a decision by state officials who will only allow a total of three dispensaries in DuPage County.
Trustees also approved a host community agreement with the dispensary that outlines various financial contributions to the village. The village will receive a one-time $10,000 payment within five days of approval by the state including an additional $10,000 after their first year of operation, according to documents. The dispensary will contribute $15,000 in the second year of operation and $20,000 in the third year of operation and every year after unless renegotiated.
“Similar agreements were considered as part of the approval (process) in other communities,” Jo Ellen Charlton, planning consultant for the village, told the village board. “We are happy with what has been proposed at this point.”
The agreement will be voided if the company is not chosen by the state, according to village officials.
Documents indicate that the 3,554-square-foot dispensary may occupy the southwest corner of the building. The proposed business hours of the dispensary will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In September, trustees decided to permit medical marijuana dispensaries in industrial zoning districts, but later made a decision to allow future dispensaries in retail districts on a case-by-case basis, according to village officials.
State law currently allows for 60 dispensaries throughout Illinois. The medical marijuana law took effect in January. It allows for the legal possession, use and sale of marijuana for some 40 medical conditions, including HIV, AIDS and cancer. The law is more restrictive than those in some other states, where use of the drug is allowed for catchall categories like chronic pain.
The Illinois law also requires that patients have an existing relationship with a physician who can provide documentation to support the medical need to use the drug. The law allows for 22 marijuana cultivation centers with a maximum of one in each state police district.
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