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Officials in suburban Glenwood may tell a learning center to go take a hike to make room for a medical marijuana business.

At this time,  owners of The Learning Corner rent the building they use from the Village of Glenwood.

The mayor says the village board has already voted to accept an offer of $160,000 to buy the building and turn it into a medical marijuana dispensary.

If that happens, the child care facility and its 41 children will have to move.

“That is a concern because depending on where the location would be it could have a huge impact on where our head count would fall," said LaShone Zinnerman, owner of The Learning Corner.

When asked why this location was chosen, Glenwood Village President Kerry Durkin said: "Thousand feet from a school or day care. This is what this is about: People drawing circles on a map and what falls within or outside those circles that allow you to be either a cultivation center or a dispensary.”

Nothing is finalized yet since the companies involved still need to obtain licenses from the state. But in order to do that, they had to submit their proposed plan, including potential sites.

Investors are also looking at a second location for a dispensary and about four acres of wooded area just south of Glenwoodie Golf Course that could be the location of marijuana grow site.

The state is granting licenses to up to 22 cultivation sites and 60 dispensaries around Illinois.

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