BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A judge has upheld a ruling that a Belleville AIDS service organization needs a permit to have a needle-exchange program.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida ruled Tuesday. The judge said he wasn’t persuaded by arguments from Bethany Place’s attorney Mark Peebles. Haida previously ruled that Bethany Place needed to stop the program until it received a special-use permit from the city. Peebles asked the judge to reconsider.
The city sued in February, believing Bethany Place’s needle-exchange program violates the type of operations allowed for that site under the city’s zoning codes. Bethany Place argued the city waited too long to complain.
Haida ruled in April that Bethany Place’s existing zoning designation doesn’t allow for dispensing medical supplies, particularly needles for intravenous use.