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Will Co. mulls moratorium on local pot businesses

Updated: January 14, 2014 1:01PM



JOLIET — Don’t hold your breath if you’re a medical marijuana enthusiast who’s anxious to either grow or dispense pot in Will County.

The county land use department is recommending a 120-day moratorium on marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas until the county zoning ordinance can be amended to address such operations.

David Dubois, the county’s zoning administrator, said there are no zoning rules for marijuana-related businesses, and county officials will have to decide which zoning classifications are the best fit for either type of business.

The county board’s land use committee approved the moratorium on Tuesday and referred it to the full county board for a final vote on Thursday.

In August, the Legislature approved a four-year medical marijuana pilot program, and Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law, which takes effect Jan. 1. It allows 22 sites where marijuana can be grown and 60 dispensaries, but it gives the state four months to come up with rules for the program.

Illinois will restrict marijuana use to people who have any of more than 30 serious illnesses and a doctor’s permission to use the drug. Patients will be allowed no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.

Dubois said it’s important that Will County’s zoning ordinance on the pot businesses is consistent with state law.



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