Sycamore committee backs marijuana dispensary, although permit process is long-haul –

SYCAMORE – By a 9-3 vote on Monday, the city of Sycamore’s Planning and Zoning Commission is backing a special-use permit for David and Janice Tripp to open a medical marijuana dispensary, the first in the process of the shop actually gaining approval.

The facility still needs to be approved by the Sycamore City Council and the state. The region – which includes DeKalb and Sycamore – can only be approved by the state for a single permit, and the city of DeKalb has already approved two permits, a step closer to attaining state approval. One could set up in The Junction Shopping Center, 818 W. Lincoln Highway, and is owned by NuMed Partners LLC, an Illinois-based medical and recreational marijuana dispensary with shops in Chicago, East Peoria and Urbana. The other, for Chicago-based BQ Enterprises in November for a shop at 700 Peace Road.

The property owned by the Tripps was Newby’s Pool and Spa Shop. Janice Tripp, who attended the virtual meeting online Monday and answered questions with son Andrew Tripp, said while her family may not have experience running a dispensary, she feels her local roots adds a lot to the process. The Tripps also said they’d pursue attaining a recreational marijuana permit, too.

“This one would be family-owned,” Tripp said. “We care about Sycamore. We have no intention of selling it off. It’s going to be ours and hopefully our childrens’ to run.”

Nate Kitterman, Stephen Nelson and Chairperson Bill Davey were the no votes on the commission.

Valerie Crandon, owner of Ollie’s Frozen Custard, was present at the meeting and raised objections. City Manager Brian Gregory read a letter from Crandon that cited reasons she objected to the placement of the dispensary, which is separated by an empty lot from the frozen custard shop. That lot

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