Naperville City Council Says ‘No’ to Legal Sale of Marijuana – For Now | Chicago News


Naperville City Council members this week voted to opt out of the sale of recreational marijuana when the law goes into impact statewide in January. The short-term opt-out will be in spot till council members acquire the outcomes of a proposed referendum.

More than 200 Naperville residents came to the meeting Tuesday to share their views on legal marijuana sales in their neighborhood. Councilman Kevin Coyne, who is against the sale of recreational marijuana, mentioned expanding access will lead to tougher drug use resulting in “delinquencies and truancy amongst young individuals.”

Final week, the state awarded 5 recreational marijuana licenses that are going to dispensaries in Naperville, Mundelein, Joliet, Effingham and Canton. A health-related cannabis dispensary situated in Naperville is one particular of the 5 recipients.

Councilwoman Judith Brodhead, who supports the sale of recreational marijuana, does not think it will be damaging to the city. “A modest quantity of adult-use cannabis will not be detrimental to Naperville. [We can] cautiously chose the place it wouldn’t be legally obtainable [to anyone] beneath 21,” she mentioned.

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico is also backing the sale of recreational marijuana. He views it as an chance for elevated income.

If voters decide on to opt out, the ban would stay in spot. If they choose to opt in, then the city council will start the zoning approach to establish how lots of dispensaries they’ll enable and exactly where they would be situated.

In June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Home Bill 1438 approving recreational use of marijuana for adults more than the age of 21.

“Legalizing adult-use cannabis brings an vital and overdue modify to our state, and it is the suitable point to do,” Pritzker mentioned in a statement in June. “This legislation will clear the cannabis-connected records of nonviolent offenders by way of an effective mixture of automatic expungement, gubernatorial pardon and person court action.”

The law would make a $30 million low-interest loan plan to enable with get started-up expenses and expunge the records of individuals with criminal records for getting or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or significantly less.

The Illinois Division of Income projects that the new law will create more than $57 million in tax income and licensing costs in the subsequent year, according to figures released by the state.

Illinois is the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use. 

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