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Geneva to consider weed regulations Dec. 9

Panel recommended not allowing pot dispensaries

GENEVA – The Geneva City Council is scheduled to discuss local regulation of adult-use cannabis business establishments at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, officials said.

Aldermen can decide whether to ban the sale of recreational cannabis within city limits, determine how cannabis businesses are operated, especially as it relates to time, place and manner, dictate the number of dispensaries allowed and the location of cannabis businesses as they relate to points of interest such as schools, churches, government buildings and liquor stores.

The state of Illinois passed a bill to regulate and tax marijuana, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, so Geneva cannot ban the possession or consumption of cannabis. Officials can only ban its sale within city limits.

The state is the only agency that can license cannabis businesses, but municipalities and counties can impose their own local zoning regulations.

The Geneva Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously Nov. 14 to recommend against permitting the zoning of cannabis dispensaries in Geneva, among other zoning amendments.

Dispensaries sell the product as in a retail store.

The commission also recommended including all listed cannabis-related uses in the city’s industrial areas, but not allowing dispensing or cultivation centers.

The commission also recommended not to allow zoning for cannabis-related businesses in the downtown or in office or commercial districts.

The commission voted to accept staff’s proposals on general zoning provisions for cannabis-related businesses, except for cultivation centers and dispensing organizations.

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