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Taylorville City Officials Support Potential Medical Marijuana Facility

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 04:51 PM CDT
TAYLORVILLE -- There are nearly seven buyers interested in a vacant facility in Taylorville to grow medical marijuana. There are some hurdles to get through before that can be a possibility.

City officials say there is a vacant greenhouse with current technology just west of Taylorville--an ideal site for growing medical marijuana.

Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton says the city is supporting the plan with hopes of bringing dozens of jobs to Christian County.

Under current legislation, the greenhouse is too close to residential property. Officials are hoping lawmakers make a change to the new legislation so cities like Taylorville, and even Chicago, who have growing sites already in place, can use them to grow marijuana.

"If it was grown here there would be high security around the space and as far as the city itself is concerned, it would mean 40 to 50 jobs in the area and obviously that's something we're very interested in," said Brotherton.

There's also interest in opening a medical marijuana facility in Jacksonville, but according to rules for the state's pilot program, only one can operate in a given Illinois State Police district.

Brotherton says he solely supports marijuana use for medical purposes and not for recreation. Marijuana would not be sold out of the Taylorville facility if the site is approved, but strictly grown in the greenhouse. Officials say the site is secluded with forest on one side and a landfill on the other. Taylorville City Officials Support Potential Medical Marijuana Facility

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