At its Wednesday meeting, the full Chicago City Council is expected to consider regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries.
Thirteen medical marijuana dispensaries can operate across the city within the boundaries of various townships, under state law. The facilities cannot open in districts zoned for manufacturing or in buildings where people live, among other off-limit areas included in an ordinance advanced by the council's zoning committee Tuesday.
The dispensaries can, however, open in the majority of districts designated for business and commercial purposes. Under the state's medical marijuana law, dispensaries cannot be located within 1,000 feet of schools or day care centers.
Operators of medical marijuana dispensaries would be required to obtain a special-use permit.
A facility where marijuana is grown will need a special-use permit and can only open in a manufacturing district.
The entire county of Cook will have one marijuana cultivation center, as permitted under state law, city zoning administrator Patricia Scudiero said at Tuesday's committee meeting, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The administrative rules for the state's Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program were approved earlier this month by a legislative committee. The state application process opens up in August for potential medical marijuana growers, sellers and users.
Read more about the city's proposed medical marijuana dispensary regulations here and here.