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Dispensary Zoning Laws Too Restrictive for Chicago, Other Areas

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The strict zoning laws within Chicago city limits could make it so dispensaries are unable to open at all.

Ed Burke, the dean of the Chicago City Council, argues that the zoning regulations will altogether ban the businesses. The rules currently state that medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited from opening in residential areas as well within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center. Now this isn’t much different from the way the rest of the country zones its dispensaries; however, Chicago’s extremely dense population and large residential areas place most of the city in jeopardy.

There is a map prepared by Chicago’s city planning department that shows his concerns to be primarily true.

These rules are also appearing to affect the suburbs as well. The nearby suburb of La Grange would only be able to permit one dispensary in the entire town due to zoning restrictions. A cultivation center would also be against regulations due to the law stating that all “grows” must be at least 2,500 feet away from schools and day cares.

Burke has also shown displeasure that the state officials failed to consult city planners before laying out these guidelines.

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