Monticello looking into medical-marijuana ordinance

Monticello looking into medical-marijuana ordinance

MONTICELLO — Like many area governmental entities, the city is making sure it is ready if a medical-marijuana cultivation center decides to locate there. New state laws are allowing 22 indoor growing facilities, one in each of the state police's districts.

Monticello officials say there has been some interest shown in the Piatt County community, and want to make sure the zoning code is updated to handle that possibility.

"Our current ordinance does not address this, so by right if a cultivation center or dispensary came in and wanted to locate in a business or industrial zone, they can do that," Monticello Superintendent of City Services Floyd Allsop said at this week's council session. If no changes are made, a cultivation center could locate in some areas with minimal city input.

Allsop said the city is proposing zoning amendments that would allow cultivation centers in industrial, conservation and rural settings, but would also require a conditional-use permit from the city.

"It gives us a step of consideration for those projects," he added.

The town Planning Commission will consider the changes at a meeting Monday, with the issue likely coming to council for a vote a week later.

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