Many towns are considering legalizing cannabis. While Augusta residents have overwhelmingly opposed the sale of recreational pot, other towns are exploring this option. For the moment, the Augusta council is mulling over whether to put the issue to a local referendum. Ward 4 Councilor Eric Lind said that the majority of residents are against legalization. At-large Councilor Mark O’Brien noted that some residents are against the legalization process because of the specifics of the referendum.
Lombard proposal to ban recreational marijuana sales
A new proposal is being considered by the Village of Lombard to prohibit recreational cannabis sales and processing and grow. It is intended to establish code regulations for the city and does not specifically approve any specific establishments. If approved, the proposed law would include an optional 3% municipal retailer’s tax. The proposal is currently going through multiple readings and is expected to be considered by the Village Board on Thursday, August 20th.
The state has already made some changes to the law that will make it harder to sell or process marijuana. Several cities in Illinois have already made their own laws. Lombard has a marijuana law in place that covers several medical conditions. The new legislation also calls for a 20 percent tax on sales of cannabis, with a separate three percent local tax. Additionally, the new law aims to promote equity in the recreational cannabis retail market by making investments in a diverse and equitable industry. The new legislation would set aside certain application fee revenues to be used to support worker-owned cooperatives and social equity applicants.
Lisle and La Grange Park will not allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020. Both Lisle and La Grange Park have voted to prohibit the marijuana industry. Lombard, on the other hand, has been on the fence since October when the village board voted to ban recreational marijuana dispensaries. On Tuesday, the Lombard village board voted unanimously, with one abstention.
Other towns are in the process of legalizing cannabis
Some jurisdictions have prohibited the use of cannabis indoors, such as in apartments and other private properties. Other towns have limited cannabis production to industrial or manufacturing zones. In Vancouver, the marijuana industry is allowed only in industrial zones to ensure that the businesses stay out of the public eye. In Newport, a conditional use permit process must be completed and the city has specific rules regarding the odors and other aspects of cannabis production.
Licensed adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries and on-site consumption licenses are already legal in New York. Cities and towns have until December 31, 2021 to pass local laws allowing adult-use retail cannabis and on-site consumption. However, municipalities can’t opt out of the state law if they’re a village. But municipalities can opt out of the program if they want to allow on-site consumption licenses and retail cannabis stores.
States have been taking steps to improve the lives of racial minorities and other groups affected by the war on drugs. New York, for example, will guarantee that at least half of its licenses go to social equity applicants. These people are people from disadvantaged communities, including minority-owned businesses, disabled veterans, and struggling farmers. Other states have followed suit. Massachusetts was the first state to adopt a social equity plan that prioritizes license review for individuals impacted by the war on drugs.
Some towns have already passed medical marijuana legislation, including Springfield, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. Others are in the process of legalizing cannabis. In Washington state, the process has reached the legislature. Democratic leaders said they will put the issue on the ballot early in 2022. It is unclear how far they’ll advance, but some are optimistic. The state’s governor is backing medical marijuana reform. A marijuana reform bill is expected to pass in the 2022 legislative session.
Missouri has a similar program. A medical marijuana bill passed the state legislature last year, advancing through three Senate committees. Advocates believe that it will be debated in the Senate in the new year. The bill would provide medical marijuana licenses for one and a half ounces, allowing qualifying patients to access the drug for treatment. It would also make medical cannabis legal for those with certain debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and Parkinson’s disease.
Lombard voters approved retail sales of marijuana in 2016
Lombard voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of marijuana at retail stores in 2016, approving the tax on the sale of the plant on May 18, 2016. The taxes will be dedicated to drug and alcohol education and treatment programs, treatment and rehabilitation services, and investments in public safety. These investments will include police DUII training, firefighter paramedics, and street improvements for public safety. Funds will also benefit neighborhood small businesses, and minority-owned businesses. The tax will also be administered through an independent City Budget Office, with annual public reporting and voting for allocations to local projects. Moreover, the City will undergo periodic audits of its use of the tax money.
Lombard residents voted against the 2016 referendum legalizing adult use of marijuana
A new proposed ordinance in the town of Augusta would ban recreational marijuana sales processing and grow operations. The measure was introduced by the city’s mayor after a public hearing was held to hear the proposal. The proposal would have a three percent municipal retailer’s tax and prohibit the sale of cannabis to anyone under the age of 21. However, the proposed legislation would allow the sale of cannabis on private property.
The proposal was prompted by a debate over marijuana use and law. At-large Councilor Mark O’Brien and Ward 4 Councilor Eric Lind have said the majority of Augusta residents oppose legalization and the proposed regulations. However, Boyer said that some of those who voted against legalization were upset because of the specifics of the bill. They proposed that the question be put to the people through a local referendum.
The state Legislature has set a deadline of 180 days for municipalities to make their decision. If no action is taken before the deadline, the municipality will be barred from controlling any cannabis businesses for five years. The proposed legislation is expected to pass by Monday. Currently, the ordinance allows the processing and grow of marijuana, but does not allow retail operations. The council is expected to amend it to permit such operations outside the town center.
If the proposed legislation passes, the state will be able to issue licenses to cannabis businesses. The state has a deadline of Dec. 6 to set regulations for marijuana businesses. There are six types of marijuana businesses. These include growers, processors, testing facilities, transporters, and retail shops. Some cities will also have micro businesses, which are small scale operations with as few as 150 plants. They would then sell their products to patients and provide them with medical marijuana.
The bill was proposed by Sen. Emmett Hanger, a Republican who represents the state’s fifth district. The bill would ban the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone under the age of 21. But the bill did not enact all aspects of the bill, including the 2024 retail cannabis market opening date. This means that people will continue to grow cannabis for medical purposes or apply for a medical marijuana card, as previously allowed by law.