Rantoul zoning ordinance needs update for cannabis

Rantoul zoning ordinance needs update for cannabis

RANTOUL — Rantoul's zoning ordinance needs to be changed to accommodate medical marijuana facilities, should developers want to locate here.

Village attorney Ken Beth told the village board that there have been inquiries by potential developers to Rantoul and other area communities.

State law authorizes two types of facilities — medical cannabis dispensaries and cannabis cultivation centers. Beth said officials have spoken with Mayor Chuck Smith about possibly locating a cultivation facility in Rantoul. Smith was unavailable to comment this week.

"In order to accommodate the potential location of either of these facilities, we need to make provisions for a text amendment to the zoning ordinances to which they may be allowed," Beth said.

Medical cannabis dispensaries would be allowed in all commercial zoning districts, just as drug stores are.

Under state law, cultivation centers cannot be within 2,500 feet of residential areas, preschools, elementary schools, secondary schools or daycare facilities. Dispensing sites can't be within 1,000 feet of those same areas or facilities.

Beth said he will bring a proposed draft of the amendment to tonight's village board meeting.

Also tonight, the board will vote to approve Gary Wilson as its new member. The mayor's choice for the seat, Wilson will take over for Roger Jones, who announced his resignation last month.

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