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Earlier this week, the Monticello City Council approved adjustments to their zoning rules that will allow them to potentially host a medical marijuana cultivation center.

Monticello Mayor Cris Corrie explains they had to adjust their zoning regulations to allow a portion of property to be the site for a potential, future marijuana cultivation center. He says it would appear the Monticello City Council is behind the effort given their vote of approval for the property the firm is seeking to use.

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Perhaps the most common misconception for the general public to understand is the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Mayor Corrie emphasizes the form of medical marijuana is completely different from recreational marijuana. He calls it "a shame" to call the medical form marijuana.

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For now, the Mayor says he is behind this effort. Because the medical form of marijuana will be very controlled and is a form of pain relief for people with extreme medical conditions, he is not going to come out against that. He does note though, if the regulation and use begins to change, his opinions may change.

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Because the concept of medical marijuana is hard to understand for many, the Mayor says the job of educating the public may be the biggest challenge beyond receiving the permit. According to Mayor Corrie, many though, say they see the benefit of having a cultivation center in the community.

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Only one permit will be issued by the State of Illinois per state police district. Monticello sits in district ten, and Mayor Corrie says the permit application process is highly competitive.

The State began accepting applications for permits last week.

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