Lansing to consider medical marijuana regulations in June

2014-05-15T13:45:00Z 2014-05-15T23:21:12Z Lansing to consider medical marijuana regulations in JuneGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 15, 2014 1:45 pm  • 

LANSING | The Village Board will be asked next month to consider a series of rules by which facilities selling marijuana for medical purposes would be allowed to operate within the village.

The Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed the issue Wednesday night and voted to give its recommendation to the idea.

It now goes to the full Village Board for a final vote. The board meets again Tuesday, but Village Attorney Timothy Lapp said it will take time for him to craft the final ordinance, and that a final vote is not likely until either June 3 or 17.

The ordinance in question is meant to give local officials some say in the way cannabis is distributed for medical use within Lansing.

The new state law that created such facilities took effect Jan. 1. It dictates the facilities where the product is sold can be no closer than 1,500 feet to residential neighborhoods or schools. Cultivation facilities where it is grown can be no closer than 2,500 feet to those neighborhoods.

But issues such as hours when facilities can be open and security requirements are not covered in state law. The ordinance Lapp is crafting will address those issues, plus the type of sign that can be displayed to advertise the business.

Lapp said Zoning Board members made some suggestions as part of their recommendation that will be incorporated into the final ordinance, although he said they did not significantly change it.

Lansing is not the first area community this year to approve such measures. Sauk Village approved one early in the year, and South Holland created a similar measure last month. Officials in those communities say they want to be ready should any business interest approach them wanting to locate a medical marijuana facility there.

Thus far, no one has approached Lansing seeking to locate a facility, said T.J. Grossi, the village building commissioner who helped to craft the plan under review.

Because of state restrictions on the distance between marijuana facilities and residential areas, village officials have said the only parts of Lansing that could accommodate such operations are on the far northern edge and the far western edge, where there are industrial business interests.

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