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8/21/2014 10:12:00 AM
Peru commission approves three more cannabis growers

Jeff Dankert
Staff Writer

Peru Plan Commission heard from three cannabis growing companies Wednesday and recommended approval of special use permits for cultivation factories on the north side of town.

The commission’s recommendations go to the city council for approval. The companies still need a state license.

The companies are:
- Illinois ABJ Enterprises LLC doing business as The Med Farm requested a special use to build a medical marijuana cultivation at 2821 May Road and 24 Unytite Drive.
- Progressive Treatment Solutions LLC requested a special use to operate a medical marijuana cultivation center at 3485 Industrial Park Drive, the Casino Bingo building.
- Nassau Venture I LLC and Vermillion Partners requested a special use to build a medical marijuana cultivation center at the northwest corner of Donlar Avenue and May Road.

That makes 4 in Peru
Agricare LLC already has received its special use permit from the city for a cultivation plant at 22 Unytite Drive, the former Yellow Freight terminal.

Number 5 coming forward?
Last week Bob Vickrey, economic development director, said Illinois Support Group plans to ask the city for a special use permit to manufacture medical cannabis.

Only 1 can win
Eventually the state will approve only one cultivation center for each state police district. Peru is in District 17 and with other cities in this three-county zone also approving special use permits, competition is fierce. State approval is expected in late fall, and companies have six months to begin producing cannabis to patients. It will be prescribed through separate state-licensed dispensaries, of which there can be no more than 60 in Illinois.

Jeff Dankert can be reached at (815) 220-6977 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_Peru.

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