UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) -- One of 13 developers interested in building a marijuana cultivating center at Mill Race Crossing in Freeport has signed the dotted line.
Med Farm is hoping to be the only company awarded a license to grow medical marijuana in Illinois State Police district 16.
The county board revised a previous accepted one-size-fits-all contract so now even more companies might sign to build the only plant that could be built in Freeport.
"We have no construction jobs going on at this time," says board charirman Bill Hadley. "We're losing jobs in Stephenson County and we badly need jobs. This is very important to Stephenson County and the citizens of Freeport."
The State is still preparing for handling all the applications but won't be able to until, at the earliest, mid-August.
Until then some counties are scrambling to send developers with approved contracts to the state for what will be a competitive push to get the only license in a four county region in the Stateline.
Stay with 23 WIFR for the very latest in the developing story.
UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Stephenson County has experienced a snag in its attempt to reach agreements with two developers who each want to build a medical marijuana growing facility in the Pretzel City.
Stephenson County Board Chairman Bill Hadley says the developers are unhappy with wording in the one-size-fits all contract recently approved by the county board for anyone who wanted to build a marijuana cultivating center at Mill Race Crossing.
Hadley says he hopes to meet with developers and address the issues with the contract so the companies can apply for the only state cultivating license being given out in our area. That area will only see one license in Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, and Boone Counties.
Keep it here as we update you on this developing story.
STEPHENSON COUNTY (WIFR) – The Stephenson County Board Chairman says there are two companies vying for a plot of land in Freeport looking to build a medical marijuana growing facility.
The companies want to grow pot for medical use on Mill Race Crossing which right now is nearly 150 acres of land which has sat empty for seven years. Chairman Bill Hadley says four Stateline Counties are looking to land a marijuana plant as only one can be built in this Illinois Police District.