Sunday, September 7, 2014

Public Meeting on Medical Cannibus Cultivation Center in Manhattan

A public meeting was held Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Manhattan Village Hall to discuss plans for a possible Medical Cannibus Cultivation Center at Offner and Cedar Roads in Wilton Township.  Since the land sits outside the Village of Manhattan City Limits, the Village has no authority over the site.  The meeting was hosted by White Oak Growers, the business--owned by investors from New York and Connecticut--seeking to operate the cultivation center. 

White Oak Growers is seeking one of twenty-one medical cannibus cultivation center permits to be issued by the Illinois Department of Agriculture under the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannibus Pilate Program Act.  The Act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013 and went into effect January 1, 2014.

White Oak Growers stated they will pay above the minimum wage and will seek to employ veterans and people with disabilities.  White Oak Growers stated processing the marijuana plants for wholesale sale creates jobs that requiring sitting while cutting and packaging the product.  When a member of the audience asked White Oak Growers to specify what wage they will pay, White Oak Growers did not state a number.

A farmer with land near the proposed site stated that while he is not opposed to the sale of medical marijuana, he does not agree that the Medical Cannibas Cultivation Center will be zoned agricultural.  He stated soybean fields do not have security systems and fence around them, so it seems obvious that there is a difference between corn and soybean fields and a medical cannibas facility. 

The site is at Offner and Cedar Roads, near a former farmhouse site.  The crib remains: