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New Lenox takes pre-emptive action against medicinal pot

Updated: March 14, 2014 8:47AM



It’s not likely that a medical marijuana shop will open in New Lenox.

For people considering it, their plans just may have gone up in smoke. The New Lenox Village Board approved an ordinance Monday making it harder to either grow or distribute marijuana in the village limits.

Since the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act took effect Jan. 1, the village took pre-emptive action requiring a special use permit for anyone going into the medial marijuana business. The act restricts it from being grown within 2,500 feet of a school, or distributed within 1,000 feet. New Lenox added churches and parks to those restrictions.

According to state law, only one cultivation center is allowed in Will, Kendall and Grundy counties, which all are a part of the Illinois State Police District 5. Mayor Tim Baldermann said it is unlikely that it would be in New Lenox.

Distribution centers do not necessarily have the same limitations.

There are only a couple options for a distribution center that have correct zoning and are far away from the schools, churches and parks, Robin Ellis, director of community development, told the board last month.

At the Jan. 27 board meeting, Baldermann called this a “common sense perspective.” He expects special use applications to be rare, if there are any at all.

The village board approved the measure unanimously, with Trustees Nancy Dye and Keith Madsen absent.



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