Suburbs brace for medical pot sales, patients wait for state to approve it

ILLINOIS: Local leaders in far northwest suburban Huntley were taken aback when a man showed up at a Village Board meeting last month and announced he wants to open a warehouse in town to grow marijuana.

“Did you bring any samples?” one of the trustees joked.

Samuel Franzmann has no background in the medical marijuana business. But the Batavia man, who works in information technology for an orthopedics clinic, said he has run a small business before, has investors and is very serious.

Jokes aside, village officials in Huntley were decidedly less enthusiastic.

“At this point, the village doesn’t have any interest in the proposal,” Village Manager Dave Johnson said. “There are no regulations in place as we sit here to accommodate the use. … The likelihood of it ending up here — there may be better spots (elsewhere).”

A measure that would bring medical marijuana to Illinois is a signature away from becoming law, and Gov. Pat Quinn has indicated he’s “very open-minded” about the concept.

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