UPDATE - 5.30.2014 - Rep. Lang lost a bid to ease cannabis cultivation and dispensary zoning laws in the Illinois House with 40 to 66 to 4 Present vote. The city will be required to adhere to the zoning laws the same as the rest of the state. (The roll call is below)
SPRINGFIELD - The city of Chicago won't have to abide by cannabis growing and dispensary zoning laws every other city in Illinois will need to follow if an amended version of HB 5674 clears the Illinois House this week, and Governor Quinn signs it into law.
HB 5674, amended in the Illinois Senate, "makes the prohibitions against a registered cultivation center or a dispensing organization being located within 2,500 feet or 1,000 feet, respectively, of the property line of a pre-existing public or private preschool or elementary or secondary school or day care center, day care home, group day care home, or part day child care facility applicable only to a municipality with a population of fewer than 500,000."
It's just too hard for marijuana growers and sellers to find locations that meet all the requirements in the urban layout of Chicago, State Rep. Lou Lang told members of the House Business & Occupational Licenses Committee Tuesday morning. Let the city set its own cannabis zoning requirements, Lang said.
On the first try, the House committee rejected the amended version - until Lang was able to talk to his colleagues on the committee, and suddenly the committee chair called the meeting back into order. Lang was then ready to try for a second bite at the apple.
The amended version also allows a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more - Chicago - to "adopt its own zoning requirements with regard to the location of a registered cultivation center or dispensing organization and its proximity to pre-existing public or private preschool or elementary or secondary school or day care center, day care home, group day care home, part day child care facility, or an area zoned for residential use."
There are seven Democrats on the Business and Occupational Licenses Committee and five Republicans.
The Senate supported giving Chicago its own zoning authority last week in a 31 to 18 to 4 present vote. All Republican senators voted "no," except Kirk Dillard, who voted "present."
May 30, 2014 House consensus vote -