US (IL): Lake County may approve Benmore Valley-based cannabis farm

On Thursday, the Lake County Planning Commission will consider approving permits for two large commercial cannabis farming projects that would grow 54 acres of crop if carried out.

The projects, which are being recommended by county staff for approval by the commission, are each located in Benmore Valley—a sprawling, secluded agricultural property near Lake County’s western border—near Highway 175 (Hopland Grade).

Benmore Valley Ranch, the developer of both projects, is proposing to grow 39 acres of cannabis within one 55-acre fenced area, and another 15 acres of the plant within a roughly 22-acre fenced area.

The Benmore Valley is already home to permitted commercial cannabis cultivation, but the projects that could be approved this week are significantly larger than what exists there now.


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