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Urbana City Planners Change Zoning to Allow Medical Marijuana

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 10:10 PM CDT
URBANA -- Urbana's current ordinance doesn't account for the growth or sell of medical marijuana. But now that state law allows it, city planners say council members should be open to the possibility.

The amendment would define where a dispensary or cultivation center could be in the city. City council member Charlie Smyth says with two hospitals in the city medical marijuana could be an "appropriate service." Other council members say it would all depend on the company's proposal.

"In some of the interested parties that have spoken to the city there has been some talk of charitable donations and putting money towards social good," City Planner Kevin Garcia said.

"If it brings business to the Urbana area, if it brings business to the community and if it's something that nationwide is becoming more more acceptable, then absolutely," resident Megan McGinty said.

State law says grow centers must be at least 2,500 feet from daycares, schools and residences. While shops must be at least 1,000 feet away from daycares and schools and cannot be inside a residence.

City council members will vote on the amendment August 4.
Urbana City Planners Change Zoning to Allow Medical Marijuana

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