Group Wants To Grow Medical Pot In Marengo

An undisclosed business group recently approached Marengo officials about growing medical marijuana, making the city the only known area location targeted for a cultivation center. Related Links Marengo looks toward financing water system upgrades City administrators now plan to have representatives of the group meet and outline a proposal to City Council members within the month, after aldermen on Monday said they wanted to explore the idea of a medical marijuana cultivation center in Marengo.

“I would like to learn more about it,” said Mayor Don Lockhart. “I would like to at least have a presentation to the council to see what this really is projected to be.” Marengo officials already have a rough sense of the parameters, but they aren’t disclosing the business group involved. The group has pitched a 25,000 square-foot cultivation center built either in city limits or near the city, meaning aldermen could have to annex the land into Marengo.

City Administrator Gary Boden said that the individuals who approached him late last week are legitimate based on his own research, adding that the group is looking to become a corporation. “This is economic development, and the bottom line is I have to be cognizant of their confidentiality” Boden said. If the group ultimately pursues Marengo, it could position the city as one of the few in the state to land a cultivation center that would supply marijuana to people suffering from various chronic conditions, including HIV, AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis.

A new state law allows for only 22 cultivation centers one per Illinois State Police district to grow marijuana and provide products to the 60 licensed dispensaries also scattered throughout the state.

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