In response to a recently adopted state law allowing the use of medical cannabis (marijuana), the Plan Commission held its first public hearing on a Village-initiated application to amend the Zoning Code to allow cultivation and dispensing centers in the community.
A handful of individuals spoke on the issue, including one community member who suffered from multiple sclerosis and could benefit from the use of medical cannabis. Several area pharmacists also testified concerning the benefits of medical marijuana and expressed interest in opening a dispensing center in Northbrook.
The Commission directed staff to begin working on a text amendment that would allow medical cannabis dispensing centers as a permitted use in the same commercial zoning districts in which drug stores are currently allowed.
The Commission did not favor placing the dispensaries in industrial areas. The Commission continued the public hearing on this item to June 17.