Village of Antioch Recreational Cannabis Information and FAQs

In December 2019, the Antioch Village Board approved several ordinances that allow for recreational cannabis to be sold within the village limits. The first ordinance provides regulations regarding the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of cannabis in the village as well as business registration requirements.  The second ordinance establishes the zoning regulations for cannabis facilities within the village. A third ordinance places regulations on the number and location of dispensaries and cultivation centers allowed in Antioch.  The fourth ordinance enacts a 3% tax on the sale of cannabis products. The State of Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act legalized the consumption and possession of cannabis for adults 21 and older in Illinois effective January 1, 2020.

Village of Antioch Local Ordinances:

Ordinance No. 19-12-42

Ordinance No. 19-12-43

Ordinance No. 19-12-44

Ordinance No. 19-11-36

In July 2023, the Antioch Village Board voted to change the number of recreational cannabis dispensary licenses allowed in the village from one to two. (Links to ordinance coming soon)

Ordinance No. 23-07-15

The Village Board also voted for a variance and special land use permit to allow for the temporary and permanent facilities at 471 and 453 Main Street, and a permanent location at 417 E Route 173 Suites 106 & 107.  (Links to ordinances coming soon)

Ordinance No. 23-07-16

Ordinance No. 23-07-17

Ordinance No. 23-07-18

Ordinance No. 23-07-19

Ordinance No. 23-07-20

The temporary location at 471 Main Street opened the week of October 9, 2023.

How many dispensaries are allowed in the Village of Antioch?

A total of two (2) dispensaries are allowed in the village. In addition, the village will allow one (1) of each category of adult-use manufacturing establishments of craft growers, processing, and cannabis infusers to operate within the village.

Where are dispensaries and cultivation uses allowed in the Village of Antioch?

Recreational cannabis business availability/zoning map:

How is the sale of cannabis going to be taxed at the state level?

As of Jan. 1, 2020, a Cannabis Purchaser Excise Tax is imposed by the State of Illinois upon purchasers for the privilege of using cannabis.:

For the most current State of Illinois Cannabis Purchaser Excise Tax information, visit the Illinois Department of Revenue Cannabis Taxes webpage.

How will cannabis be taxed at the local level?

Village of Antioch businesses are required to collect an additional 3% Municipal Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax and an anticipated additional 3% Lake County Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax.

Who can legally purchase and consume recreational cannabis?

The consumption of cannabis is allowed under Illinois state law, similarly to that of the consumption of alcohol, with any Illinois resident, or non-resident, age 21 or over*. Nothing in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) prevents the arrest or prosecution of a person for reckless driving or driving under the influence of cannabis.

*Except where authorized by the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act or by the Community College Cannabis Vocational Program.

How much cannabis may an individual possess?

Illinois residents may possess up to:

  • 30 grams, or just over one ounce of “flower”
  • 5 grams of cannabis concentrate
  • 500 milligrams of THC – the chemical that makes users high – in a cannabis-infused product such as gummies, candy, other consumable products (referred to as “edibles”), or tinctures, and lotions

Non-Illinois residents may legally possess up to ½ of these amounts.

What regulatory abilities, if any, do business owners and landlords have?

Any person, business, public entity, or landlord may prohibit the use of cannabis on private property.

How will businesses be licensed?

The State of Illinois has full licensing authority for dispensaries through the Department of Financial Professional Regulation.  Other businesses, such as growers, will be licensed through the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Is cannabis consumption allowed in public spaces?

No smoking is allowed in public places (e.g. bars, restaurants, parks, etc.) or in any place where smoking is prohibited under the Smoke Free Illinois Act. A ‘public place’ means any place where a person could reasonably be expected to be observed by others; this does not include a private residence.

For additional information, refer to the IL Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.