* Springfield city council last night…
* Half will go to pensions…
The other half with go toward community development on the city’s east side.
Aldermen also approved a resolution for a public hearing to designate where recreational marijuana can be smoked in the city limits.
I’m hearing some interesting ideas for social use in Springfield. Stay tuned.
Champaign City Council members, unanimously signaling their support for a 3 percent tax on recreational cannabis, took the first steps Tuesday toward regulating its use and sales ahead of legalization Jan. 1. […]
“This is something people have been doing for a long time anyway,” [council member Matt Gladney] said. “It’s just that now it’s being legalized.”
He said that much like alcohol and cigarettes, cannabis “is a vice that people should be able to consume within certain parameters,” and thought perhaps the state is “overthinking it,” with the opinion that restrictions will likely be loosened in coming years.
Gladney finds that disallowing public consumption is “particularly ridiculous.”
* Aurora is gearing up…
[Martin Lyons, Aurora’s chief financial officer] said Aurora wants a competitive sales tax rate to attract “quality” dispensaries.
“We want someone that’s going to provide a great operation that is operated in a safe and responsible manner,” he said.
A lower sales tax rate also would give a dispensary owner “a chance to put dollars into the operation.”
If Aurora allows recreational marijuana sales, it’s estimated the city could collect $200,000 to $600,000 a year in additional tax revenue, officials said.
* East Peoria…
Beginning Jan. 1, it will be legal with a state-issued license for a business to sell recreational marijuana in East Peoria. […]
“I have a personal opinion and I have a job as mayor,” [Mayor John Kahl] said. “Whether we accept this or not, marijuana is going to be here and we have to deal with that.”
One way to deal with it, is to tax it. Commissioner Seth Mingus likened the legalization of marijuana to the legalization of gambling that brought a casino to East Peoria 25 years ago.
“No matter what we decide, we can’t stop it,” Mingus said. “People have urged us to vote no and I respect that. East Peoria has always been open to alternative means of revenue and in the past there were concerns the (gambling) boat would bring crime and the concerns with pot are the same. $100 million (in tax revenue) later we have not had to raise our property tax rate because we have the boat.”
* I read four local news stories on the Danville City Council’s vote last night to approve the sale of adult-use cannabis, but only one of those four stories had what could be considered a positive quote. The rest were either jammed with reefer madness quotes or didn’t have any at all…
[Ald. Bob Iverson] said cannabis is “already here and it’s going to be everywhere.” He feels the city should try to control it and get something good out of it.
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* Peru OKs zoning to allow pot dispensary
* Niles plan commission recommends creating districts for recreational marijuana sales
* Rock Island County cashing in on cannabis: “Any non property tax based revenue opportunity for the county is, is a good one,” said Rock Island County Board Chairperson Richard Brunk.
* Buffalo Grove Establishes New Tax For Possible Recreational Marijuana: A medical cannabis dispensary is currently located at 1623 Barclay Blvd. in Buffalo Grove. Village staff conservatively estimates the village could generate $300,000-$400,000 annually from the sale of recreational marijuana, in addition to the 1% home rule sales tax.
* Want to Solve the Vape Crisis? End Marijuana Prohibition: The reason these illnesses are coming from THC vapes and not nicotine is precisely because the latter is legal while the former is not.
* Grassroots ‘Preparing Very Quickly’ for Illinois Cannabis Legalization, Says COO: “As is commonplace in the cannabis industry, the implementation of these adult-use laws oftentimes are not without hurdles. So I think [in] Illinois there’ll be some of those as well, but I think we’re all preparing very quickly to get ready to be open for January 1st.”
* Anna city leaders consider allowing recreational marijuana sales
* Machesney Park passes 3% marijuana sales tax
* Evanston officials exploring regulation options as legal recreational marijuana sales near