Medical Marijuana Growers Jostle for Grow Permits in Bartlett

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Medical Marijuana Growers Jostle for Grow Permits in BartlettFour companies that want to grow medical marijuana in Bartlett, IL, are fighting it out for a vacant parcel of land in the industrial zone in order to set up operations. However, the state Department of Agriculture will determine whether any producer will be allowed to open in Bartlett.

Illinois’ medical marijuana law, which is considered one of the strictest in the U.S., provides for a maximum of 21 cultivation centers, which translates to one in every state police district. State officials say that a potential grower will have to beat out over 45 other applicants in the race to obtain the state permit to operate in Bartlett, reported the Daily Herald.

The 10-acre Brewster Creek Business Park is owned by Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co., which plans to have the village board approve its plans to have the property designated a medical marijuana cultivation center before potential growers send applications to the state in September. Some high-profile firms that have expressed interest in setting up operations include Nirvana and Illinois Organix.

On Tuesday night, Bartlett trustees kicked off an “accelerated review process” after which they forwarded the proposals to the village’s planning and zoning commission.

The landowner said that a medical marijuana cultivation firm will employ 30 to 50 workers, employ tight security and find ways to give back to the society (the latter two may help the business potentially stand out in the license application).

The state intends to begin accepting applications for dispensaries and growers from September 8 to 22. So far, draft versions of the application forms have been posted on the program’s website at mcpp.illinois.gov.To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com