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 several public meetings and workshops in October, November and December of 2019 on several issues and topics related to the new CRTA law. Included in discussions were 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. The Village Board had to 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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