ILLINOIS: The annexation of 248 acres of Manteno-area farmland could soon lead to the development of a medical marijuana manufacturing plant and ultimately a 160-acre industrial park.
The Manteno Plan Commission unanimously approved the annexation, industrial zoning and special use permit Thursday. The moves cleared just the first hurdle for the development of the 40,000-square-foot facility.
The matter goes to the Manteno Village Board on Tuesday for its approval. If, as expected, it gets that board’s OK, the request by Greenhouse Group partners Matt Darin and Mitchell Kahn to create the indoor growing facility will be on its way to the Illinois Department of Agriculture by mid-September.
The state is allowing only one entirely enclosed marijuana growing complex per Illinois State Police district. In addition to the Manteno request, a growing complex has been proposed in south Kankakee and another in Pilot Township in the western portion of Kankakee County.