Galesburg discusses plans for medical marijuana

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The city of Galesburg is thinking about adding a medical marijuana dispensary to its list of businesses around town.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday night to discuss possible location options for a dispensary.

Currently, Galesburg's ordinance only allows  cultivation centers within city limits that only grow the marijuana, not sell it.

Illinois law says that 22 permits are available for cultivation centers in the state, and only 60 dispensaries.

Some locals say that if Galesburg did adjust its ordinance to allow dispensaries, it could mean big business for the city.

"I think it would be great if the community had a medical marijuana dispensary here. We'd create some jobs and revenue in the community," said Christine Winick, a Galesburg native. "Anything we can do to create some jobs and [bring more] people into town is great for the citizens and great for the community and great for the state of Illinois."

Cultivation centers and dispensaries cannot be located within 2,500 feet of public or private preschools, elementary schools, day care locations, or any residential areas.

If the city approves the ordinance, possible dispensary locations include the south western and south eastern side of town, near the BNSF rail-yard and the Municipal Airport. They could also be at the north end of town by Lake Storey or Lincoln Park.

The public hearing is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the City Council Chambers of the Galesburg City Hall.