Lombard officials in July signaled an openness to allowing recreational marijuana stores to open in town. Since then, Village Manager Scott Niehaus said, the village has heard from about five potential operators interested in running such shops under the state’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1. On Thursday, the village board is set to begin considering code changes that could tell marijuana businesses where they’ll be able to operate.On the table is a plan commission recommendation, which would allow recreational dispensaries as permitted uses in commercial areas along Roosevelt Road and in districts designated for offices or industrial use.The proposal would allow the stores as conditional uses — requiring an application and final village board approval — in commercial districts along Butterfield Road or those designated as neighborhood or community shopping districts. Recreational cannabis dispensaries would be prohibited in the downtown and the downtown perimeter district, as well as in residential areas.The village would not allow the other types of recreational marijuana businesses licensed under the new state law –… Read full this story
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