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DeKalb City Council could change gun, marijuana laws

DeKALB – At their meeting Monday, DeKalb City Council members will be asked to adjust local laws to conform with changes in state law regarding marijuana and concealed weapons that took effect Jan. 1.

Illinois’ medical marijuana law allows its use to treat 35 serious illnesses or conditions, including muscular dystrophy, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Lupus. The prescribing physician and patient must have an established relationship, and patients can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of the drug every two weeks.

The concealed-carry law will allow state residents who complete the required 16 hours of training and obtain a permit to carry a firearm to do so, unless they are in prohibited areas, such as schools, hospitals and parks, said Dean Frieders, DeKalb city attorney.

The city also will mark buildings which prohibit firearms with signs.

Authorized medical marijuana permit holders will need to have marijuana in a sealed medical container, Frieders said.

Current local laws prohibit marijuana possession or carrying firearms in public, but the state law supersedes the municipal codes, he said.

Illinois does not recognize concealed-carry permits from other states, so permits need to have been issued in the state, Frieders said.

The medical marijuana law prohibits police officers, firefighters or commercial driver’s license holders from having a permit, even if they have a legitimate disorder, Frieders said.

No one has announced any plans to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the area, said Rudy Espiritu, DeKalb assistant city manager.

If you go

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb

Why: Officials will discuss amending municipal codes regarding concealed carry and medical marijuana.

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