US (IL): "The zoning laws make it virtually impossible for growers to get in the community"

Despite pleas from cannabis growers, Springfield City Council voted down a proposal to let grow facilities open closer to homes and schools. 

Cannabis growers said Springfield zoning ordinances are locking them out of major portions of the city.

"It's virtually impossible for us to get in and make a difference in the community under these current zoning laws," Edward Maurice Williams of Lincoln Labs told the council Tuesday night.

"We've got vacant buildings in the industrial park. We've got vacant land in the industrial park. But that strip of land, 211 feet away, across a divided highway- creates a red line," Jeff Fulgenzi, a cannabis businessman, added.

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