City Council to set rules for medical marijuana

The Chicago City Council is expected to vote Wednesday to enact new regulations on where medical marijuana may be sold in the city.

Tuesday, the council’s zoning committee endorsed a proposal to allow no more than 13 marijuana dispensaries; they would be banned in transportation corridors, manufacturing districts, near parks or forest preserves, and in any building that includes housing.

Chicago Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) said the dispensaries need to service people with chronic illnesses who qualify for medical marijuana.  “I think it should be right next to the hospitals or the clinics where the people are going to see their doctor and get their prescription.  They can go right and get it.”

Once the new regulations are passed, the first dispensaries could open next year.

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