Quincy Strategy Commission approves recreational pot ordinance


Posted: Aug. 28, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY — Cities in Illinois are reacting differently to the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Some officials in municipalities, such as Naperville and Grayslake, are deciding that they never want to let marijuana dispensaries in their towns.

Leaders in O’Fallon are searching to place a moratorium in spot, but are also thinking about asking voters to weigh in making use of a referendum in either March or November 2020.

Meanwhile, members of the Quincy Strategy Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve an ordinance that would let adult-use cannabis dispensaries, adult-use cannabis craft growers, and cultivation, dispensaries, infuser, processing and transportation facilities in the Gem City.

Quite a few of these terms stem from terminology made use of in the state’s new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. For instance, an adult-use cannabis craft grower is an person or small business who has been licensed by the state to have a cultivation facility of up to five,000 square feet.

The ordinance now goes to the Quincy City Council for approval.

In its present type, the ordinance enables for adult-use cannabis dispensaries to be in C2 industrial zoning and in D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5 Downtown Zoning Districts. The dispensaries would face a quantity of restrictions, which includes not permitting anybody beneath the age of 21 into the shop. The dispensary will have to also be 100-feet away from nursery schools, pre-schools, major or secondary schools, day care centers, and household day cares.

The proposed ordinance also prohibits dispensaries from becoming inside a dwelling unit and inside 1,500 feet of yet another adult-use cannabis dispensing facility.

In the proposed ordinance, cannabis craft growers, cultivators, processors and transporters would be capable to open their facilities in properties zoned as Downtown D5 and M1, M2, and M3.

These companies would also be needed to stick to the age restriction and to be at least 100 feet away from the aforementioned educational entities. Cultivation and grower facilities can not be inside 1,500 feet of yet another adult use cannabis facility.

According to Quincy Preparing and Improvement Director Chuck Bevelheimer, the proposed ordinance has these needs to protect against a concentration of these companies opening up in 1 region of Quincy.

“We never want a skid row variety scenario taking place right here,” Bevelheimer stated. According to Bevelheimer, the 1,500 feet rule would protect against two adult use cannabis facilities from becoming inside 31/two blocks of 1 yet another.

All adult-use cannabis companies are barred by the state from putting or keeping any ads of cannabis or a cannabis-infused goods in any type inside 1,000 feet of a college ground, a playground, a recreational center or facility, a youngster care facility, a public park or public library or a game arcade exactly where admission is not restricted to men and women 21 years of age or older. Indicators for these adult-use cannabis companies are also barred from making use of a marijuana leaf.

Some members of the Strategy Commission questioned no matter whether the distances are successful.

“In my ideal globe, this legislation would never ever have passed in the state,” stated Richard Smith, a member of the Strategy Commission and a former member of the Quincy City Council. “I am not attempting to place a pot stand on each and every street corner in the neighborhood, but I have to wonder if the distance requirement is not going to come back and bite us in a huge way.”

Bevelheimer stated the proposed restrictions involving schools and other educational institutions inside the ordinance are made to aid retain kids, young adults, and other individuals protected.

“The notion with a protected zone is that you want to retain a thing as potentially hazardous as cannabis as far away as attainable from kids,” Bevelheimer stated.

The proposed ordinance also had the assistance of Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley, who stated even though he was opposed to the legislation’s passage, he could assistance the city taking benefit of a new tax income supply.

“Not permitting it to be sold right here is not going to quit it from becoming sold elsewhere,” Copley stated. “It does not imply that we are not going to see the side effects of it. We are going to see much more crashes, with much more injuries, and much more fatalities. The only factor we will not have is the tax dollars, for the reason that if you never sell it then you happen to be not going to get any of these tax dollars.”


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