City OKs additional regulations on adult use of cannabis

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The uptown business district area, located within the red lines, will not be allowed to house any type of adult-use cannabis organization.

Lines have been drawn and boundaries have been set for the anticipated adult use of cannabis and where it can be used. Ordinance 2019-28, approved by the Metropolis City Council last week, amends Chapter 156 General Provisions, Section 156.001 Purpose and Objectives; Chapter 156 Pertaining Uses, Section 156.345 Permitted and Accessory Use Table; Chapter 156 Adult-Use Cannabis and Chapter 156 Supplemental Regulations.

All adult use cannabis facility centers, including craft growers, cultivation centers, dispensing organization, infuser organization processing organizations and transporting organizations may not be located within 500 feet of the property line of a pre-existing public or private schools, day care centers or residential home care centers.

Learning centers, vocational/trade centers, community colleges and adult education centers or other post-secondary education are not included in the public or private school for this section.

All cannabis centers, with the exception of cultivation centers, may not be located within 150 feet of a property line of a pre-existing property zoned or used for residential purposes. Cultivation centers may not be located with 250 feet of residential properties.

Additional requirements call for for building enhancements such as security cameras, lighting or other improvements to ensure safety of the employees and patrons.

Supplemental regulations prohibit any type of adult use cannabis center be located in the uptown business district covering Market Street and adjoining streets. No consumption in the facilities will be prohibited.

During the mayor's report Corporate Counsel Rick Abell opened the only bid for a Request for Qualifications for swimming pool improvement. The council approved the bid from HMG Engineers with ACIX being the prime subcontractor. The city has used ACIX previously with the sewer separation and improvement projects.

During the corporate counsel report a redevelopment agreement between the City and Acee's Food and Fuel was approved. Acee's will remodel and expand the existing structure to accommodate up to 10 video gaming machines. Currently there are five located at the property.

The estimated cost of the project is $78,000, and the developer will invest approximately $40,000 of that total. The City's portion will be in the form of a grant reimbursement using funds from the Metropolis Interstate North Business District Tax Fund and Enterprise, which Acee's is located in.

Construction should commence within 30 days of the signed agreement and be finished within 90 days. Acee's must continue to employ its 17 employees and use local labor to the best of their ability.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the purchase of a locator to locate under ground utilities for the light department from Anixter in the amount of $4995.

• Approved a Professional Services Agreement with HMG Engineers for improvements to the service road north of U.S. 45 that services Acee's Food and Fuel and other commercial businesses.

• Approved a motion to sell real estate located at 1020 Vienna St. with a minimum bid of $2900.

• Approved the purchase of a 225 kva transformer as a replacement in the amount of $7300 and the purchase of a 300 kva transformer in the amount of $7729 as a replacement from Brownstone.

• Acknowledged the retirement of Sergeant Carl Manley from the Metropolis Police Department.

• Authorized the Police and Fire Board to fill a vacancy in the sergeant's position at the police department upon the retirement.

• And, authorized the Police and Fire Board to hire an officer upon the retirement of Manley.

DEFINITIONS OF

CANNABIS FACILITIES

(All definitions are per the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, (P.A. 101- 0027), as it may be amended from time-to-time, and regulations promulgated thereunder.

CRAFT GROWER:

A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to cultivate, dry, cure and package cannabis and perform other necessary activities to make cannabis available for sale at a dispensing organization or use at a processing organization.

CULTIVATION CENTER:

A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to cultivate, process, transport and perform necessary activities to provide cannabis and cannabis-infused products to licensed cannabis business establishments.

DISPENSING ORGANIZATION:

A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to acquire cannabis from licensed cannabis business establishments for the purpose of selling or dispensing cannabis, cannabis-infused products, cannabis seeds, paraphernalia or related supplies to purchasers or to qualified registered medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

INFUSER ORGANIZATION

OR INFUSER:

A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to directly incorporate cannabis or cannabis concentrate into a product formulation to produce a cannabis-infused product.

PROCESSING ORGANIZATION

OR PROCESSOR:

A facility operated by an organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to either extract constituent chemicals or compounds to produce cannabis concentrate or incorporate cannabis or cannabis concentrate into a product formulation to produce a cannabis product.

TRANSPORTING ORGANIZATION

OR TRANSPORTER:

An organization or business that is licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to transport cannabis on behalf of a cannabis business establishment or a community college licensed under the Community College Cannabis Vocational Training Pilot Program.

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