VILLA PARK – A week after Villa Park hosted a public meeting about a proposed medical marijuana dispensary, the company has withdrawn its request.
Solace Solutions planned to build a the 3,300-square-foot facility from 633 to 639 North Addison Road in the village’s M1 district, where medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed as a conditional use.
Tami Wanless, who gave a presentation and answered questions during the public meeting, would have been the dispensing agent-in-charge at the facility.
“Well I certainly didn’t grow up aspiring to open a medical marijuana dispensary,” Wanless told a few more than a dozen people at the public meeting Sept. 4.
She said she was motivated to open a medical marijuana dispensary by her late mother’s battle with cancer that led to a Vicodin addiction.
Wanless told the group Solace Solutions also is applying to the state to open a dispensary in South Elgin, which is located in Kane County.
Because applications for medical dispensaries are due to the state Sept. 22, the Planning and Zoning Commission had planned to review Solace Solution’s application for a conditional use permit Thursday, and the Village Board planned a special meeting to discuss the proposed facility Monday.
On Thursday, the village posted a notice on the village website that the special board meeting had been canceled.
Solace Solution’s application was also removed from the commission’s agenda for Thursday.
The proposed dispensary planned to employ 25 employees, 15 full-time and 10 part-time, and Wanless estimated it would generate about $25,000 for Villa Park annually in sales tax.
After the Sept. 4 meeting, Villa Park residents Lew Mantels and Kathy Gilroy, opposed the dispensary coming to town.
“I’m opposed to the legalization of marijuana anywhere in the country,” said Mantels, explaining he believes marijuana use leads to other drugs.
Gilroy was also surprised more people hadn’t shown up to the meeting.
Others, weren’t opposed to having a dispensary, but still had concerns.
“I’m not opposed to medical marijuana … but I want to make sure it’s good for the village,” Villa Park resident Brian Anderson said.
Calls to village officials and Wanless were not immediately returned.
South Elgin Village Planner Marc McLaughlin confirmed Solace Solutions is still pursuing a medical marijuana dispensary in South Elgin, but the village is still in the process of changing its zoning ordinance to allow for such facilities.
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