Beginning January 1, 2020 recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over will become legal in the State of Illinois. Private and personal consumption of cannabis cannot be restricted by local governments, however, the act does prohibit the use of cannabis in public places, schools and child care facilities, among other locations. Municipalities may adopt and enforce local ordinances to regulate possession and public consumption of cannabis as long as the regulations and penalties are consistent with the Act signed into law June 25, 2019.
The act allows municipalities to decide whether to prohibit or allow recreational cannabis businesses from being located in their communities, subject to local zoning restrictions. Local governments also have the option of authorizing the consumption of cannabis on-site, such as cafes and lounges, as well as regulate the location of craft growers, infusers and cultivation centers as permitted in the Act. Some zoning regulations could include identified zoning districts where stores could operate, hours of operations, proximity to other land uses such as schools and parks, and a limit to the number of dispensaries allowed in the Village.
If allowed, the Village may impose a tax of up to 3% on the purchase price of the products. There is currently no information of revenue projections, however, if a dispensary generated $1,000,000 in annual sales, that Village revenue would be close to $30,000.