Talks expected to continue on medical marijuana dispensary in Urbana

Talks expected to continue on medical marijuana dispensary in Urbana

More discussion is expected about bringing a medical marijuana dispensary to Urbana.

City council members heard a brief presentation on Monday night from a real estate broker who's working on behalf of an unnamed Indiana organization that wants to bring the dispensary to town.  It would do so under the state's medical marijuana pilot program, where only people with prescriptions would be able to purchase the drug.

Councilwoman Carol Ammons said she supports the pilot program but said more study is needed on whether it should have a presence in Urbana.

Councilman Eric Jakobsson indicated last night that he supports the plan to bring the dispensary to town.  Multiple locations are being considered, and more details about the overall plan are expected to be presented to the council in the near future.

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(This story previewing Monday night's Urbana council meeting aired on WDWS on Monday.)

Urbana city council members on Monday night will get their first look at a plan from an outside group to bring a medical marijuana dispensary to the city.

The business would give out, but not grow, the drug to people with a prescription under the state's medical marijuana pilot program.

Ryan Peters is an Indiana-based real estate broker working on behalf of the unnamed group who wants to bring the dispensary to Urbana.

Peters said his client is looking to buy a building with three to six-thousand square feet.  The project would also need state approval, and Peters said he's looking to submit an application in August.

Meanwhile, Urbana's Community Development Director Libby Tyler said this isn't the first time the city has been approached about some sort of medical marijuana operation.  She said if this current proposal moves forward, officials will give it a thorough vetting.

Illinois' medical marijuana program took effect this year.  It's a four year pilot program with what officials said are some of the strictest rules in the nation.  The rules cover which doctors can prescribe marijuana, what conditions are eligible for marijuana treatment and how much of the drug can be dispensed at one time, among other things.

This isn't the first time that someone has expressed interest in giving the marijuana program a presence in East Central Illinois.  The Paxton Record reported late last month that someone wanted to bring a marijuana growing center to an area near Ashkum in Iroquois County.

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