DANVILLE — The Danville City Council voted 9-2 Tuesday night to allow a second cannabis dispensary to open in the city.
Alderman Mike Puhr said one of the city’s goals was to not allow cannabis dispensaries near residences, schools and churches, and they’re continuing with that.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said the city has seen about $100,000 a month in revenue from Sunnyside and will see that revenue increase with the new dispensary.
“I believe that we should support it. It’s an economic issue,” Williams said, adding that if the dispensary opens in Tilton, for example, the city could still deal with issues but not see any revenue from the dispensary.
The special-use permit is for Seven Point of Illinois LLC of Northbrook, Ill., to open an adult-use cannabis dispensary in Lot 1 of the subdivision at 388 Eastgate Drive. This is the lot closest to Econo Lodge, now used for parking and owned by Danville Hospitality LLC and Joe Patel.
The council also approved amending the city’s zoning code to comply with state law to allow one qualifying applicant or Social Equity Justice involved lottery winner to locate within 1,500 feet of an early approval adult-use site.
Aldermen voting against both were Brenda Brown