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Hodgkins board approves permit for potential marijuana growing operation

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 9:10 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 12:05 a.m. CST

HODGKINS – In a unanimous vote, the Village Board approved a special use permit for a potential medical marijuana cultivation center, allowing the process to move one step further, during their Aug. 11 board meeting.

The proposal for the medical marijuana cultivation center, to be located at 6120 River Road, was sent to the board after being approved by the village's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Trustee Paul Struve said the Zoning Board of Appeals did an excellent job during its Aug. 7 public hearing regarding the potential center.

"I thought there were some well thought questions and good answers," Struve said.

Used for growing, harvesting, processing and packaging medical marijuana, the facility would function under the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

The center would be on land owned by Joseph Hish, who plans to lease two acres to Flat Rock Holdings, LLC. An operating green house building for the cultivation of medical marijuana would then be constructed on the property.

Flat Rock Holdings, LLC would lease the property and construct the center while Medponics Illinois, LLC would be the facility operator.

Moving forward, the process is more or less at a stand still until this coming fall, according to Village Attorney John O'Connell. O'Connell said that at some point after Sept. 20, the proposals will be looked at by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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