Sangamon County allows cannabis-related businesses

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SPRINGFIELD — The Sangamon County Board has voted to allow cannabis-related businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county.

The State Journal-Register reported that the board voted 18-7 on Tuesday to allow the businesses, including two dispensaries.

The newspaper said that Springfield has already approved cannabis businesses within the city limits.

There was opposition, with proposed amendments that would have banned dispensaries, but still allow production. They didn’t get the support of the majority.

The ordinance that was passed was sponsored by Republicans Annette Fulgenzi of District 17 and Lisa Hills of District 23. Fulgenzi told the Journal-Register last month that she was “trying to find a middle ground” by creating investment and job opportunities in rural parts of the county while limiting the number of dispensaries and banning on-site consumption of marijuana at any dispensaries that may open in unincorporated areas.

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