The Minnesota town of Duluth is mulling allowing a medical marijuana processor to open facilities in the city.
However, the City Council has passed a temporary moratorium on establishment of the business for six to twelve months in order to give city planners time to check the appropriate zoning rules.
Minnesota legalized medical marijuana in the previous legislative session. The state’s Office of Medical Cannabis has said that it will license two medical marijuana processors by the end of November 2014 with production set for July 2015.
Elsewhere in Lake View, Chicago, residents supported the establishment of a medical marijuana dispensary that will be located at 2843 Halsted St. However, while most of the residents who attended the meeting were against the idea, the meeting’s sponsor, the East Lake View Neighbors Association approved the changes in the city’s zoning that paves way for the establishment of the dispensary.
At least 60 people were present in the meeting held on Monday evening, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Consultants and employees of MedMar Inc, which wants to establish the facility, told the residents that the proposed dispensary would be located in one of the few areas in Chicago that qualify in accordance with the strict zoning requirements under the state and city laws set for such facilities.
MedMar’s representatives also said that the facility may help patients with HIV/AIDS as well as other conditions such as the Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.
John Sullivan, the MedMar’s security chief and former assistant state attorney of Cook County described various security precautions such as security cameras and tamper-proof delivery system. He also said sales of medical marijuana in states where it was allowed had contributed to falling crime rates, a claim some residents didn’t believe. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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