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County Board to vote on medical marijuana zoning rules

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:40 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – After multiple ongoing discussions about how Kane County's zoning regulations will address the state's medical marijuana pilot program, the County Board is ready to act.

The Executive Committee on Wednesday placed proposed amendments to the Kane County zoning ordinance on next week's County Board agenda.

The amendments focus on where medical marijuana cultivation and dispensing centers can locate in the county's unincorporated areas.

Current proposed rules for the state Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which became law on Jan. 1, would allow up to two dispensing centers in Kane County and one cultivation center in each state police district, Mark VanKerkhoff, the county's development and community services director, has said.

Kane County is in a police district with DuPage, DeKalb, McHenry and Lake counties.

Under the county's proposed rules, cultivation centers would be allowed in certain farming, business and industrial districts. Dispensing organizations would be confined to business districts.

Additionally, the centers would be an "interim special use" granted for no more than five years specifically for the dispensing and cultivation of controlled substances licensed by the state.

The medical marijuana pilot program is for four years.

VanKerkhoff has said the interim special use would be subject to a public hearing and require County Board approval.

The Executive Committee briefly discussed the proposed amendments before moving them forward. Member Brian Pollock, D-Aurora, asked if the Kane County State's Attorney's Office reviewed the language and was told it had.

The Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on the proposed changes last month. No comments from the public were reported.

The County Board meeting is set for 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.

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