Medical Marijuana Dispensary Could Be Years Away in Plainfield

Currently, there's no proposal to bring one to the village.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Village trustees and staff met Monday night to set ground rules for medical marijuana dispensaries — but it could be years before one comes to Plainfield.

Village Administrator Brian Murphy said right now, there's no request on the table to bring a dispensary or cultivation operation to the village.

"There's no proposal to bring a specific group in," Murphy said. "This is really just in light of the state law and in light of how this relates to our zoning ordinances."

Murphy also pointed out that state regulations would trump any rules put in place by the village.

Currently, state law allows for 60 distribution centers for medical marijuana throughout the state — including a maximum of three in Will County and one in Kendall County. The law also allows for one cultivation operation in both Will and Kendall, Murphy said.

Trustee Jim Racich said he felt that Monday night's discussion was premature.

"It could be three to four years in the future" before a proposal comes to Plainfield, Racich said. "There is no immediacy to it."

Racich also noted that medical marijuana is closely regulated by the state. The law places stringent guidelines on who can obtain a medical marijuana card, including those suffering from cancer, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and HIV. Those with a medical marijuana card can obtain small amounts of the drug with a prescription.

"It's not a moral issue, it's a medical issue," Racich said. 

Racich said it's unclear when a vote on marijuana dispensary guidelines could go before the village board. The issue will be up for further discussion at a future Committee of the Whole meeting. 

"We'll be inviting people in the industry who can discuss the ramifications" of medical marijuana, Racich said.

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Grandpamike April 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM
Years away, just like years away for any meaningful business opening in Plainfield. Maybe, if our leaders would think past this week and, at least discuss and possibly apply for a license to be one of the dispensaries, even if we don't get it, at least you are showing some initiative.
Ron Jidzny April 16, 2014 at 04:33 PM
What did Garrett Peck do at this meeting to contribute to the discussion?
Vicky Polito April 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Peck didn't say a word. With him, that's actually the best contribution possible. He could at least feign modest interest, look like he's plugged in. He sat there with his hand propping up his smooshed face, like a bored tween in civics class desperate for the bell to ring.
Tim May 03, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Plainfield asleep at the wheel again. Joliet already has people trying to open a shop, and they responded accordingly. Plainfield had WEEKS to act on this, not years as they thought - http://www.theherald-news.com/2014/05/01/committee-approves-permit-for-medical-marijuana-dispensary-in-joliet/a1208j2/ - The trustees blew it... AGAIN! Maybe the fact that nobody is in a rush to open a new business in Plainfield should be seen as a problem, not a reason to sit back and relax that there is no 'immediacy' to it. Did these clown college dropouts ever bother to think their abysmal track record has anything to do with businesses not wanting to open here?


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