Kane County Wants Rules for Medical Marijuana

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Byline: James Fuller jfuller@dailyherald.com

Rules and regulations for implementing legalized medical marijuana in Illinois are not expected to come online until the spring, but Kane County officials signaled this week they are ready to begin their own examination of the possible local impacts.

The county board's Development, Public Health and Agriculture committees might all play roles in determining the local rules for unincorporated areas. Municipalities within Kane County have the authority to develop their own requirements. Neither level of government will be able to outright ban the sale or growth of marijuana in their communities. But county officials signaled they might follow the example of nearby cities and villages that have restricted medical marijuana operations to small regions.

"I don't want it here," board member Kurt Kojzarek said during a public meeting this week. "I'm a little disappointed that we're even discussing this. I feel like Nancy Reagan failed us."

County staff members told Kojarek they expect very limited use of medical marijuana in Kane County. …