Frankfort eyes limits on medical pot sales
By Ginger Brashinger Correspondent January 13, 2014 8:32PM
Updated: February 15, 2014 6:15AM
As is the case in many towns across Illinois, Frankfort officials are considering restrictions on where medical marijuana can be grown or sold in the village in the event that a dispensary or cultivation center is proposed for the village.
The plan commission last week discussed contingencies in light of Illinois’ legalization of medical marijuana as of Jan. 1 in a pilot program. Under the law, up to 60 dispensaries and 22 growing centers are allowed throughout the state.
The state law restricting cultivation centers to no closer than 2,500 feet from a school or residential area means no such location qualifies in Frankfort, village planner Dan Lee said, but several areas in the village would be eligible for a dispensary.
Lee said the law prohibits municipalities from prohibiting the sales and growing centers, but towns can set restrictions on where they could be located.
Lee said if the restrictions are approved by the plan commission and the village board, several sites on Laraway Raod, Lambrecht Street and Industry Avenue in Frankfort’s industrial district will be the only ones eligible for a medical marijuana dispensary.
Lee said both commissions’ recommendations will go to the village board for final approval in February.