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Plainfield Board to Vote on Medical Marijuana Zoning

Zoning amendment back on the agenda.

Plainfield Board to Vote on Medical Marijuana Zoning
After directing the village's attorney to draft an ordinance to amend the zoning code to include regulations for medical marijuana cultivations centers and dispensaries under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, trustees will vote on the proposal this Monday.

At a meeting last month,  trustees supported the proposal, with the exception of Garrett Peck, who questioned the legality of allowing a dispensary in the village — despite the fact that the state now permits it.

He maintained that the DEA still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug.

"The DEA has the full legal potential to enforce this federal law," Peck said at the June meeting. "Will this disqualify us for federal grants? I have a problem with this — I think the carriage is in front of the horse right now ... Plain and simple, it's illegal."

But fellow trustee Dan Rippy, an attorney who won the March Republican primary to run for the 1st subcircuit judge spot, disagreed.

"We don't even have the authority to pass an ordinance not allowing this," he said.

The village board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.

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