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Recreational marijuana zoning on tap for city

DIXON – The City Council plans to introduce a proposed zoning ordinance creating rules for recreational marijuana businesses today.

The regulations lay out different restrictions for marijuana dispensaries and grow operations, including needing to apply for a license from the city in addition to the state.

No marijuana business will be allowed in or within 100 feet of a residential area, as well as within 100 feet of a school, day care center, park, recreation center, library or church, according to the ordinance. Also, two dispensaries or two cultivation centers will not be allowed within 1,500 feet of one another.

Dispensary development will be a permitted use in the general business district and the central business district, but business owners would need a special use permit to build in a limited neighborhood business district.

Dispensaries would need a special use permit to set up in a general manufacturing district or the business park, but it would be permitted for a cultivation center, craft grower, processing or transporting organization.

The proposed ordinance will be referred to the Plan Commission, which will schedule a public hearing and vote on a recommendation that will be sent back to the council for a final vote, likely in December.

In September, the council signed off on a 3 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana sales, which become legal for adults 21 and older Jan. 1 throughout the state.

Medical dispensaries will have the first opportunity to sell recreational marijuana, and the state will award licenses for new recreational dispensaries in May. Three of 75 licenses will be granted in the 10-county area that includes the Sauk Valley, and a developer interested in opening up a dispensary presented to the council last month.

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