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Could A Medical Marijuana Dispensary Come to Plainfield?

Plainfield trustees to talk about possible ordinance changes to regulation cannabis cultivation, dispensary operations.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Last summer, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Now, municipalities —including Plainfield — are setting rules as to how and where the substance can be cultivated and sold.

On Monday, village staff will look to trustees for guidance on possible amendments to Plainfield's zoning code to incorporate cannabis cultivation centers and cannabis dispensary operations. The topic is on the agenda for an April 14 committee of the whole meeting.

State rules — which can be viewed here — will trump any rules passed by municipalities, however.

Under the new law, people with illnesses including HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis can get an ID card allowing them them to buy limited amounts — up to 2.5 ounces — of marijuana legally from one of 60 state-licensed dispensaries.

The law allows for three dispensaries in Will County and one in Kendall County. A four-year pilot program started Jan. 1, although the state's medical marijuana website cautioned residents that the full implementation of the program will take time: "The State of Illinois is warning that it will not be legal for anyone to grow, offer to provide, or to possess, medical cannabis until licenses have been issued and the program is up and running," the site says.

The village committee of the whole meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.

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Grandpamike April 15, 2014 at 01:25 PM
@John You are correct. I for one would not only vote for a dispensary for Medical Marijuana in Plainfield, I would also vote for the complete legalization of said marijuana everywhere. Alcohol is a much more destructive drug, but it is owned and operated by large distributorships who are politically connected. Not everyone can make and bottle alcohol, but pot, you betcha.
RB April 15, 2014 at 05:45 PM
I'm sorry, although I'm in favor of legalizing pot and prostitution, I do not want either of them near my family even if they generate a lot of tax revenue.
John April 15, 2014 at 06:39 PM
@RB - How do you feel about morphine, norco, tramadol, fentanyl etc. around your family? These prescription drugs are prescribed for many issues and most patients don't realize how truly evil these drugs can be. They are highly physically addictive. Unless something has changed, THC does not make you sweat, shake, and vomit when you stop using it.
Tim April 15, 2014 at 08:14 PM
RB- What about living near a location that has supported and participated in the molestation of children, near your family? Well, you already live near one of them. They are called 'churches', and there is a rather large one that was involved with that right here in Plainfield. And they pay ZERO taxes... does your judgement hold true for them too, or just things you have been told are bad by someone else?
RB April 16, 2014 at 07:17 AM
@Tim I'm not a church guy. I trust none of them. I really could write a book about all the negative things I see on them. @John, as I said I'm in favor of legalizing it just like in Colorado. I just think it should regulated and the stores placed away from residential areas. Please do not feed me the non sense talking points about addiction. I know too many people that used it or use it, to believed in the BS that this is not addictive.

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