Chicago proposes tough rules on medical marijuana

Chicago proposes tough rules on medical marijuana

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Officials in Chicago have proposed strict regulations about where marijuana can be grown and dispensed in the city when it becomes legal in January.

Alderman Ed Burke and the city's Department of Planning and Development have been working on legislation in anticipation of a state law that will make Illinois the 20th state in the nation to allow medical marijuana. The measure must go to the full City Council for final approval.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the proposed legislation would only allow marijuana dispensaries and growing centers in manufacturing district. It also would require special use permits.

The measure would allow 22 cultivation centers in Chicago. It would prohibit them from opening within 2,500 feet of a school, day care center or residential area.

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