Illinois, this year, became the 20th state to allow the medical use of marijuana. The measure takes effect January 1st and sets up a four-year pilot program for state regulated dispensaries and 22 cultivation centers where the plants would be grown.
Peoria Heights Mayor Mark Allen says the leaders want to require a special use zoning permit for anyone interested in locating their medical marijuana-related businesses in the village.
“We want to stay ahead of the curve because it is illegal to say you can’t locate here. The constitution of the United States, you can’t even say you can’t have a strip club here, so what you do is you create ordinances that confine it to a certain area. And in Peoria Heights, to be honest with you, we confine it to a certain area that will take it as far away from residential as possible if they decide to locate here. "
Allen adds he doesn’t believe the village has the capacity to house either a dispensary or cultivation center. He says the village’s board of trustees will likely take up the ordinance limiting where medical marijuana facilities can locate this month.