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Northbrook Takes Step Toward Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Plan Commission held a public hearing on the topic and will consider an amendment to allow dispensaries in commercial areas where drug stores are allowed.

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The following is from a Northbrook Village memo:

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.

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Catherine Caporusso May 29, 2014 at 07:17 AM
The law was passed last summer! http://www.mpp.org/states/illinois/IllinoisHB1BillSummary.pdf
Catherine Caporusso May 31, 2014 at 07:18 AM
And there will only be one allowed in all of Northfield township.

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