On June 25, 2019, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was signed into law. Effective January 1, 2020, the sale of recreational cannabis will be permitted in Illinois. During the next few months, communities throughout Illinois will need to decide whether they will “opt out” or permit the sale of recreational cannabis. By opting out, communities are prohibiting recreational cannabis businesses and therefore not allowing the sale of recreational cannabis within their community. Communities that decide to permit the sale of recreational cannabis will need to implement various changes to their zoning and municipal codes prior to January 1, 2020.
At their Regular Meeting on July 18, 2019, the Village Board held their initial discussion on this matter. The consensus of the Board was to refer the matter to the Planning & Zoning and Economic Development Commissions for review and recommendations and to solicit input from the community at large. A memo prepared by the Village Attorney with responses to Frequently Asked Questions was included in the meeting materials and is also available here. Please take time to read the questions and answers and express your opinion to the Village Board using the contact information provided below. There will also be opportunities for public comment at future Board and Commission meetings.