When recreational marijuana becomes legal next year, don't expect to find any businesses in Morton.
The Morton Village Board voted unanimously on July 1 to ban any businesses selling cannabis in village limits. The ordinance includes craft growers, processing organizations, dispensing organizations, cultivation centers and transporting organization.
If a business is found to be selling recreational marijuana, the business can be fined up to $750. However, businesses can sell CBD oil, as long as they contain less than the federal legal limit of THC.
Village attorney Pat McGrath did note to village trustees that additional ordinances on recreational marijuana will be presented in the future.
In other news, the board:
* Repealed an earlier resolution regarding pocket parks.
The planned pocket park by the Morton Chamber of Commerce, at the corner of First Avenue and Jefferson Street, is no longer moving forward. According to the ordinance, Farnsworth Group determined that the pocket park would need additional land beside the village right-of-way. However, that additional land is currently owned by PNC Bank, not the village.
However, there is hope in the future that PNC Bank will be able to deed the plot of land to the village. If that happens, the pocket park idea could be revisited.
* Approved a special use permit for 445 E. Birchwood St.
The permit will allow for a CrossFit personal training facility to be built in Suite E.
* Approved amendments regarding the variances to the Interstate Corridor and solar energy systems.
According to the new ordinance for solar energy systems, a special use permit will no longer be required. Instead, it will be permitted in all zoning districts with additional information that the ordinance requires.
* Approved the preliminary and final plats for the Fieldstone Subdivision.