The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) became a law on June 25, 2019, and goes into effect on January 1, 2020. This law legalizes marijuana use throughout Illinois and provides regulation guidelines for the production and sale of recreation via local cannabis dispensary stores.
The Village Board held a public workshop on October 8, 2019, to discuss the legislation. Several issues and topics related to the new CRTA law were discussed at this meeting including general previsions of the bill, how it would impact Lemont and the Village’s ability to regulate impacts of the act. The information from this meeting along with additional information is available on the Village’s website. The bill does not allow municipalities such as Lemont to prohibit responsible consumption use of cannabis within our community, but it does allow us to enact reasonable zoning ordinances regulating and/or taxing of cannabis business establishments that may locate within a municipality, or to prohibit establishments entirely. Following the initial workshop meeting, the Village Board directed staff at the direction of legal counsel to prepare amendments to the Village’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in relation to the act. As a Board, we must take proactive action by January 1, 2020, in order to limit, delay or stop the opening of a cannabis dispensary within our Village border limits.
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