On June 25, 2019, the State legalized the consumption of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes (the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act). Starting January 1, 2020, adults 21 and older will be able to legally purchase cannabis (and cannabis concentrate, and THC infused products) for recreational use from licensed Adult Use dispensaries across the state. The new law will allow Illinois adults 21 years and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. Those using cannabis for medical purposes would be allowed grow it at home, although recreational users are still prohibited from home growing. Personal cannabis use will be allowed in most private residences, but not in prohibited areas including any public place or in close physical proximity to underage persons.
With the new law, no local government may unreasonably prohibit the use of cannabis within their boundaries. However, the Act does allow local governments to ban or significantly limit cannabis businesses in their jurisdiction, including dispensaries, cultivation centers, craft growers, processing organizations, and transportation organizations.
Over the next few months, Illinois communities, La Grange Park included, will decide whether to “opt out”, as allowed by the Act. By opting out, communities are prohibiting recreational cannabis businesses and therefore not allowing the cultivation, processing, transportation and dispensing of recreational cannabis within their community. For communities that decide to not “opt-out” (or allow these businesses), various changes within the zoning and village code could or should be made prior to January 1, 2020.
The Village Board will be discussing this topic at its Work Session on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide public comment. Residents may also email their comments to the Village at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village Board Work Session Packet (see page 62).
Adult Use Cannabis Summary - Document (PDF)