56 minutes ago by Bradley Vallerius
Quincy City Council will vote on approval tonight
Salveo Health and Wellness, founded by Alex Thiersch and John Dohm, is applying for two cannabis cultivation center permits and three dispensary permits. The proposed cultivation centers would be located in Quincy and near Roseville. The proposed dispensaries would be located in Elgin, Rockford and Quincy.
At tonight’s Quincy City Council meeting, Alderman will hear the third reading and vote on an ordinance amending the city’s Municipal Code to allow Medical Marijuana Cultivation and Dispensary Centers.
Elgin’s Planning and Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing Monday, August 4 to consider Thiersch and Dohm’s plan.
The local Daily Herald says businesses in and near the industrial park are concerned:
The business owners say they are concerned about an increase in traffic and crime.
“For a host of reasons, it doesn’t belong there,” said Joe Graziano Jr., part-owner of Terri Lynn Inc. and Packaging By Design, located in the industrial park about half a block from the proposed dispensary. “It’s going to bring all kinds of people after 4:30 p.m. You’re going to draw traffic to all these buildings that are closed up. Vandalism is going to go up.”
He pointed to residences across McLean Boulevard, and Robert Sperry Park across Bowes Road in South Elgin. “This (dispensary) is going to be exposed to them as well,” he said.
The Daily Herald says Salveo will not carry medicine unless it is low in THC.
However, the dispensary’s marijuana will be low in THC, the substance that causes euphoria, Thiersch said.
“It is literally just a treatment for medical conditions,” he said. “There is not much value to breaking in and stealing that.”
The proprietors of Salveo Health and Wellness of Chicago are attorney Alex Thiersch, founder of the Illinois Medical Spa Association, and John Dohm, who worked at Morgan Stanley and Wachovia before founding a wholesale company.
The final paragraph of the Daily Herald story says:
Salveo also plans to submit applications for marijuana dispensaries in Rockford and Quincy, and for cultivation sites in Quincy and near Roseville, he said.
Cultivation center in Roseville, Warren County, ISP District 14
Salveo Health and Wellness has partnered with brothers Jeff Huston and Andy Huston who own farmland in Roseville, Warren County.
Local news network WQAD8 covered the Huston’s progress back in May:
“The building is going to be 10,500 square feet,” said Andy, pointing to the empty lot behind parked tractors. “We’re figuring we will grow about 1,200 plants.”
…The Hustons have met with the Warren County Building and Grounds Committee. They briefed county members on their plan. Although the company does not need county approval, the Hustons are seeking county support to help in their application efforts with the state.
Just last week, on August 28, Warren County’s Board voted to approve writing a letter of support for the a cultivation center operated by the Huston brothers and Salveo Health and Wellness. The letter is written by Warren County State’s Attorney Chip Algren.
According the Register Mail of Galesburg, Illinois:
No other governing body in [Illinois State Police District 14] to this point has heard a proposal for a marijuana facility, but Thiersch said the deadline will be within the next 30 days.
“We’ve heard some rumblings that there are perhaps some other competitors coming in,” he said. “This has happened in other states as well, where people come in at the last minute and start trying to find local residents to partner up with, and perhaps purchase land. I have no doubt there will be competitors.”
Macomb could be interested in competing. The city’s Planning Commission has already recommended the necessary zoning structure for local cannabis businesses, says the McDonough County Voice.
Bradley Vallerius is an attorney working in the field of medical marijuana.
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