The City of Quincy could soon join the growing list of Illinois municipalities allowing adult-use cannabis dispensaries in their communities.
KHQA reports that city leaders could approve such an ordinance as early as next week after a second reading on the issue was recently held.
The sale and use of recreational marijuana is set to become Illinois law in 2020, with municipalities throughout the state left to decide whether or not they will allow dispensaries to operate in their communities. Cities and villages would also have the option of imposing certain conditions such as set-back lengths for operation.
Medical dispensary Herbal Remedies co-owner Chris Wildrick is on record in asserting that he does not think a proposed 100-foot set-back length would be sufficient.
"Put in place a 1,000-foot set-back from any preexisting schools and daycares to align with Illinois medical cannabis zoning regulations,” Wildrick suggested to KHQA.
Quincy Planning and Development Director Chuck Bevelheimer said dispensaries will not go up in residential neighborhoods, but discussions of a possible downtown location are already underway.
The Quincy City Council is expected to vote on the issue following a third and final reading in the coming days.