BOLINGBROOK, IL – The Bolingbrook Village Board reversed course in its 2019 decision to ban cannabis deals in the village. At the board of directors meeting on Tuesday, the trustees voted to amend the zone and village rules to allow cannabis businesses.
The new regulation allows certain cannabis companies to work in the village if they are given special use permits, Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta said during the meeting.
According to board documents, cannabis dispensaries will be allowed in Zones B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, and I-1; and cannabis growers, craft growers, infusers and vans will all be welcome in I-1.
The village can set conditions for businesses like additional security, lighting, parking and landscaping, Alexander-Basta said.
Pharmacies must not be within 1,500 feet of another pharmacy, and growers and craftspeople must not be within 1,500 feet of other cultivators or craftspeople.
Cannabis companies are also not allowed to be within 150 meters of an existing school.
Trustee Sheldon Watts said the majority of the feedback he had received came from people who advocated this with the right parameters in the community.
“This is new territory for us,” said Alexander-Basta, adding that some have asked why the village has changed its mind.
“We didn’t know what it was, it wasn’t legal,” said Alexander-Basta. “We didn’t know the process, we didn’t know how it was being handled, we didn’t know what effect it would have on crime or anything else.”
The village’s co-administrator Ken Teppel told Patch Wednesday that the village had not been approached with a formal request to meet to discuss opening a pharmacy in the city. He added that there have been comments from individuals indicating that they are interested in coming to Bolingbrook once they have received the papers from the state.
Recreational cannabis has been legal in Illinois since early 2020. At the time, many cities voted against allowing cannabis stores, but Bolingbrook isn’t the only suburb that recently changed its original decision. New Lenox recently decided to allow cannabis companies in its city as well.