SAUK VILLAGE | Officials are beefing up their village code in the event one of 22 sites that will grow and distribute medical marijuana around Illinois plans to open in Sauk Village.
The board will vote Tuesday on an ordinance amending sections of its unified development code to allow for a distribution center according to the guidelines established within the law.
"We're just trying to be proactive so that we'll have something on our books in case something does come to Sauk Village," Village President David Hanks said at a committee meeting last week.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state's medical marijuana bill into law in August. The law set up a four-year trial run, which began Jan. 1. It will allow those 22 distribution centers and 60 business licenses to sell the product directly to patients.
The Sauk Village Zoning Board has been working since the law was passed to determine a suitable location if such a center were to open in the village. Marijuana would be grown and distributed to licensed sellers from the site, which would be heavily regulated with 24-hour video monitoring and all employees would be subject to strict background checks, according to the law.
Marijuana would not be sold at the facility.
The distribution center will be considered a special use and only allowed in an M-2 manufacturing district, zoned for warehouses and heavy industry, said Village Administrative Service Director Sherry Jasinski.
Anyone interested in opening the facility in Sauk Village would have to go in front of the Zoning Board, which would then make a recommendation to the Village Board, Jasinski said. As yet, no one has approached the village to open a distribution center.
"I have a couple concerns," Trustee Ed Myers said. "Please let our police chief be involved in whatever we come up with. This is so critical."
Police Chief Tim Holevis said his entire supervising staff will be attending medical marijuana law classes.
The Sauk Village board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Center, 21801 Torrence Ave. The ordinance has been placed on the consent agenda.