DuPage County Board members Tuesday turned down a zoning request that would have allowed for a cannabis dispensary near West Chicago.
Board members voted 13-5 to deny the request to rezone five acres along Roosevelt Road, about a mile west of Winfield Road, from estate residential to business. The property is part of Kerry Farms, a hemp and honey farm.
Farm owner Joe Sheehan said he was disappointed in the vote and that he will be working with a dispensary license holder to locate one elsewhere in DuPage.
“We’re working against the clock,” Sheehan said, noting the license for a social equity dispensary expires this summer. “It would be ideal if I could get one down the street from the farm.”
Sheehan had hoped to also sell the hemp and honey from the farm in the dispensary.
Sheehan’s rezoning request faced stiff opposition from West Chicago officials, who Monday won a court order against Sheehan. The court order prevented Sheehan from speaking on the issue at Tuesday’s meeting but did not prevent a vote from the county board.
West Chicago officials also filed a formal objection to the proposal with the county, forcing a