In a split vote, 3-3, the city council failed to pass an ordinance Tuesday to prohibit the sale of recreational cannabis within city limits. […]
The city’s next steps will be to amend the city’s tax code to permit these sales and start working on zoning regulations to define where within city limits such shops will be allowed.
City Administrator Kevin Head said at least one recreational cannabis seller has contacted the city about setting up shop as an expansion of its current medicinal marijuana store. The nearest medical marijuana dispensaries to Edwardsville are in Sauget, Collinsville and Litchfield. There is also one in Effingham.
“Alcohol and tobacco kill far more than marijuana does and probably everyone in this room knows someone who has done or is using marijuana and we’re all still functioning adults,” Alderman Will Krause, one of the measure’s biggest proponents said last month during a committee meeting.
The Woodstock City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday establishing a 3% tax on the gross sales receipts of recreational marijuana retailers. […]
Council voted, 5-1, in favor of the proposal, with council member Darrin Flynn voting against it.
Flynn, who asked that the item be removed from the consent agenda for separate consideration, said that setting the tax at the cap may discourage new businesses from coming to Woodstock, especially if neighboring municipalities set lower taxes.
“It’s a new industry, and it’s a new business, and we have to show that we are open for business,” Flynn said.
Flynn could turn out to be right. We’ll see. Price may not turn out to be as important as product quality and diversity and the shopping experience.
* St. Charles…
The government operations committee voted 5-3 Monday to implement a 3% municipal cannabis retailers’ occupation tax starting next year. That would tack onto an existing 2% local sales tax, meaning St. Charles would collect 5% of gross recreational marijuana sales, pending city council approval. […]
Under the current law, the city can implement a local tax of up to 3% beginning Sept. 1, 2020, Finance Director Chris Minick said.
But the Illinois Municipal League has requested a legislative amendment that would move up that date to coincide with the legalization of possession and sales.
They should probably leave the law right where it is. Let these things get started before the taxation kicks in.
Anyone who buys cannabis for recreational purposes in Urbana when it becomes legal Jan. 1 can add another 3 percent tax to the total bill.
On Tuesday, aldermen unanimously approved implementing a Municipal Cannabis Retailer’s Occupation Tax, which could help the city address its pressing structural deficit.
But the Urbana City Council wanted to be clear that Tuesday’s vote was only about a tax and not other issues concerning public consumption, future dispensaries and other local regulations. […]
Mayor Diane Marlin added that a number of issues including zoning of future dispensaries; social consumption, such as in bars or other establishments; and criminal-record expungements and the associated workload and financial implications will “all be addressed in the coming months.”
* And then there’s Naperville…
Naperville City Council members voted late Tuesday night to prohibit sales of recreational marijuana, but also expressed support for a plan to let voters revisit the topic with a future ballot question.
Council members voted 6-3 to ban all types of recreational marijuana businesses and to ask staff members to develop the language of a referendum question, which they can consider putting on a later ballot. […]
3C Compassionate Care Center, a medical marijuana dispensary on Quincy Avenue, will be allowed to continue its medical operation, but is not permitted to sell the drug for recreational use at its Naperville shop or any other site in town.
The business recently was granted one of the first recreational dispensary licenses from the state, but state regulations say businesses must follow all municipal zoning rules and other local laws.