New Lenox plans to restrict medical pot
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent January 29, 2014 9:54PM
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:07PM
It’s legal to grow and dispense medical marijuana in Illinois, but New Lenox, like many towns in Illinois, is taking steps to make it harder to do so in the village.
The village board is considering an ordinance that would require a business to obtain a special use zoning permit to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana to patients who qualify by having any of 33 specified illnesses and have a prescription from a doctor.
The new law, which took effect Jan. 1 in a pilot program, forbids municipalities from banning medical pot growth or sales, but towns are able to place restrictions on where businesses are located.
The law allows for 22 growing centers and 60 dispensaries statewide but prohibits medical marijuana from being grown within 2,500 feet or sold within 1,000 feet of a school or residential area. New Lenox wants to add churches and parks to those restrictions.
“To be clear, because I have received a few calls on this, no one has requested (to open a medical marijuana business in New Lenox),” Mayor Tim Baldermann said, calling the ordinance a preventive measure.
The village board is scheduled to vote on the proposed ordinance at its Feb. 10 meeting.