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Village could be site of pot-growing facility

Businessman has approached Lee about plans

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:52 p.m. CDT

LEE – A businessman has approached the village of Lee about growing marijuana, but the plans apparently are in the early stages, an official says.

Village President Richard Boris said the businessman spoke with a village trustee about plans to present the proposal for the marijuana facility, which must be enclosed and locked. 

The new state law allowing medical marijuana took effect Jan. 1. Under the rules, setting up a facility is an extensive process. 

The businessman had originally planned to attend a village board meeting last week, but informed officials beforehand that he wouldn't after all.  

"I'm not sure what knowledge he has about the process or what his background is," Boris said in an interview today. "The rules for medical marijuana have just come out, and they are subject to change."

The village straddles the border between Lee and DeKalb counties. The facility is believed to be planned for the Lee County side. 

Boris said officials would be open to the proposal.

"It's development for Lee," he said. "Lee is relatively small. [The tax base] has decreased over the last 2 years."

Under state law, municipalities have the right to charge their own "cultivation center" fees for marijuana. Their zoning regulations can address such facilities.

Sauk Valley Media couldn't confirm the name of the businessman. 

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