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Local communities work on regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries

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Starting in January, medical marijuana use will be legal in Illinois.

But for eligible patients to access it, there must be business' that can grown it.

Businesses across the state are applying to be able to grow and sell medical marijuana.

But before they can do so, a city must be zoned for that type of activity.

Loves Park has yet to have those rules and regulations finalized.

"She would seize for 40 hours straight, and we were in emergency rooms and intensive care constantly," Roscoe resident, Mary-Anne Kersey said.

Kersey's daughter has suffered for almost 18 years with a severe type of epilepsy.

Kersey says they've been all over the country trying to find a cure.

She believes medical marijuana will be the answer to relieve her daughter of these traumatizing attacks.

"We are probably a little bit behind other communities in making those determinations." Loves Park Director of Public Works and Development, Dan Jacobson said.

Right now, however, companies that want to apply to grow or sell medical marijuana in Love's Park can't yet because ordinances needed to allow that activity are still in the works.

"As with any business based on the use or conduct of the business there are areas that are suitable or not so suitable," Jacobson said.

Wednesday night, Loves Park Community Development Committee approved recommendations made by staff but city council will get the final say.

Kersey hopes that this will get the approved and quick.

She's says communities like Love's Park can't afford to wait any longer to make their city ready for these centers.

"There have been many instances of parents that have been actively search to have medical marijuana legal in their state, and their child did not survive to see the day when it did become legal. We don't want to be those parents," Kersey said.

The city says the reason for the delay is because they haven't had any interest from a medical marijuana business to operate in their city.

Loves Park city council is expected to make a final vote on these regulations in about two weeks.

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