Fox River Grove to appear into enabling marijuana shops


The Fox River Grove Village Board decided Thursday that it is prepared to entertain the notion of a recreational marijuana dispensary getting positioned in the village.

Now, village employees members are going to investigate and appear into the zoning procedure to locate out what type of regulations and restrictions the village is permitted to place on these sorts of establishments, mentioned Village Administrator Derek Soderholm.

“This offers employees some path in terms of exactly where we want to head with this as a board,” he mentioned. “It sounds like the board is interested in enabling an establishment, or far more than 1 establishment, in town so we’re going to place forward the perform in order to commence that zoning procedure date in the future so we can meet the statute’s specifications.”

Illinois passed a bill legalizing recreational cannabis in Might, and the governor signed it in June. The law goes into impact Jan. 1. Municipalities can opt in to possessing cannabis shops in their region, having said that.

The subject generated a lot discussion throughout Fox River Grove’s Committee of the Complete meeting.

Village President Robert Nunamaker mentioned he does not want to be the very first region in the county to open a marijuana dispensary.

“It would be good to see somebody else’s expertise,” he mentioned, mentioning that other states had legalized marijuana shops to mixed testimonials, with some not having the income they anticipated.

Even so, he believes that “saying marijuana is various than alcohol or cigarettes has led to a lot of arrests of persons who are in truth undertaking anything that does not harm our society as a lot as alcohol has,” Nunamaker mentioned, eventually voting in favor of seeking into enabling a dispensary.

Some board members expressed concern that new organizations could not want to come to the similar region as a marijuana dispensary, even though they liked the notion that possessing 1 could bring in tax income for the village.

Police Chief Eric Waitrovich mentioned at the meeting that there’s a lot of village boards possessing the similar discussions, with law enforcement undertaking the similar.

“We are also like village boards, attempting to create plans on if an establishment ends up in our village or our city, how does this modify what we do?” he mentioned. “Depending on what absolutely everyone chooses right here, we will adapt and be versatile and enforce the law accordingly.”


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