Medical Marijuana Plan For Chicago Announced

Medical marijuana dispensaries and growing centers would be confined to Chicago’s planned manufacturing districts and require both special-use permits and a minimum number of parking spaces, under legislation proposed Tuesday.

With Illinois poised to become the 20th U.S. state to allow medical use of marijuana on Jan. 1, the Department of Planning and Development is joining forces with Ald. Edward Burke (14th) to lay rigid ground rules in Chicago.

“It is our intention by enacting these zoning amendments that we will ensure a transparent process and full public participation,” Burke was quoted as saying in a press release.

“As the city of Chicago prepares to comply with the landmark change in state law which will allow the sale of medical marijuana to begin across Illinois next year, it is both timely and necessary to lay down a blueprint which spells out exactly how this new law will effect Chicagoans,” Burke said.

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