ELBURN – After much discussion, the Village Board on Sept. 16 approved an ordinance to allow a marijuana dispensary in Elburn. The vote was 5:2, with trustees Ken Anderson and Bill Grabarek as the two no votes.
The zoning where it will be allowed includes Main Street, general business districts and industrial areas.
A special use permit will be required, which means any potential dispensary owner who wishes to open a business in Elburn will have to come before the Planning Commission including a public hearing to be approved. The Illinois statute to legalize the sale of marijuana within the state includes a vigorous and expensive licensing process, and will become law as of Jan. 1, 2020.
A group of potential dispensary owners has approached village officials about the possibility of locating their business in Elburn, and they are expected to begin the licensing application process.
Board members generally accepted the restrictions the Planning Commission had come up with for the special use permit to bring such a dispensary into town. They include: the prohibition of on-site consumption; a dispensary cannot be located within 150 feet from a school or day care; and one dispensary would be allowed within the village for every 10,000 in population.
The one thing the board did change were the hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Other than the overall decision of whether or not to allow it in town, a major discussion point among both residents and village officials has been about where it should be located. A number of people have said they would not want to see one on Main Street.
Several residents attended the Village Board meeting on Sept. 16 to voice their opinions on a possible dispensary in Elburn. One, Mary Hanson,