Chris Green Staff writer @chrisfgreen
Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 at 9:22 PM Sep 18, 2019 at 10:21 PM
SOUTH BELOIT — What would be Winnebago County’s first recreational-only marijuana dispensary is one step closer to opening.
By a vote of 7-0, South Beloit’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission approved a special-use permit Wednesday to allow for an “adult-use cannabis dispensing organization” in a commercial traffic district.
The dispensary would be located at 7000 First Ranger Drive, near Gardner Street and Willowbrook Road.
The owner and operator of the dispensary was not disclosed.
In June, Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation making the state the 11th to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use and the second to approve it through the Legislature rather than the ballot box.
The bill provides provisions to expunge criminal records for low-level marijuana possessions of 30 grams or less, gives cannabis-vendor preference to minority owners and promises 25% of tax revenue from marijuana sales will go toward redeveloping impoverished communities.
By law, residents will be able to purchase and possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents will be able to possess up to 15 grams. The law provides for cannabis purchases by adults 21 and older at approved dispensaries, which, after they’re licensed and established, may start selling Jan. 1. That means possession remains a crime until Jan. 1.
The proposed marijuana dispensary will go before the full City Council on Oct. 7.
Chris Green: 815-987-1241; [email protected]; @chrisfgreen