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Plainfield Board to Vote on Medical Marijuana Zoning

Zoning amendment back on the agenda.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
After directing the village's attorney to draft an ordinance to amend the zoning code to include regulations for medical marijuana cultivations centers and dispensaries under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, trustees will vote on the proposal this Monday.

At a meeting last month, trustees supported the proposal, with the exception of Garrett Peck, who questioned the legality of allowing a dispensary in the village — despite the fact that the state now permits it.

He maintained that the DEA still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug.

"The DEA has the full legal potential to enforce this federal law," Peck said at the June meeting. "Will this disqualify us for federal grants? I have a problem with this — I think the carriage is in front of the horse right now ... Plain and simple, it's illegal."

But fellow trustee Dan Rippy, an attorney who won the March Republican primary to run for the 1st subcircuit judge spot, disagreed.

"We don't even have the authority to pass an ordinance not allowing this," he said.

The village board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.
Ron Jidzny July 06, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Unmasking the pseudo professionals. We all know a few of these people; strutters and posers who for some reason or another have convinced a few in the system that they are high achievers. An empty suit, one hit wonder, professional by proximity, and the professional by pedigree. Lets talk about the professional by proximity. This is where one might claim they have worked on the executive offices on the 53rd floor, but the pseudo pro hints at having knowledge the ordinary employee wouldn't have access to. Keep in mind that lots of people work at a world headquarters or on the 53rd floor. Very few ever see the inside of the boardroom, and some are just making copies or making sure the coffee pot stays full. Proximity doesn't provide a background or make them an expert. If the description makes this uneasy for some, then all the better. Self-identification and self-correction are always the best paths to improvement.
oldschool July 06, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Dave's not here!!
oldschool July 07, 2014 at 10:14 PM
Light it up man let's get Chinese eyes!
Tim July 06, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Having peck and buddy Bonuchi on the board is exactly why Plainfield has trouble attracting business. If you wanted to open a new location, would you want to deal with them? Suddenly he's pretending to be a 'legal expert', but when he's the one under investigation - "Is that illegal?" What a joke!
Tim July 07, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Bob, that's a pretty amusing word salad you have there. A few years ago, people might have believed that too. But things have changed a lot since simple words were able to convince people of those things in the absence of evidence to support it. We all now know that Margie works for the employer that Roger sits on the board and is president of(and was there during the largest data breach ever experienced - do you think that magical money faries paid to resolve that?). We now also know the flip-side of that, in that Margie sits on the board that funds Rogers bumbling around in PEMA(which exactly one week ago committed the most colossal screw-up the village has seen in 24 years. magical money fairies don't pay for his PEMA take-home car either). We watched Margie involved in ballot challenges to boot people off the ballot during elections to ensure her 'friends' ran unopposed, to then go on to decimate other public services in town while she sat silent even as large protests by residents were going on. We saw her refer to 'those people' when stereotyping why she didn't want a certain development in the village. I've said it a thousand times before, but they can have the best intentions in the world. But when the negative impacts in the real world are hard to ignore, their best intentions don't matter one bit. No matter how many awards they give to each other from their respective board positions. If they cared as much as you claim, they would step away from some of their publicly funded activities that the residents have to fund the mistakes of, and let someone else handle it correctly. When lives are now on the line due to 'mistakes', it's time for them to step back and *actually* put the best interests of the residents first. There is no 'gold star for effort' award outside of grade school. They can then focus all their time on their "best intentions" on their own dime, not ours.

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