The CRTA allows Illinois residents over the age of 21 to possess and privately use recreational cannabis in limited quantities; however, use of cannabis in public places is prohibited. The State of Illinois legalized the production, consumption, and sale of medical cannabis in Illinois as of January 1, 2014.
The Village Board held a public workshop on the legislation on October 8, 2019, in which general provisions of the bill were discussed along with how it would impact Lemont and approaches to dealing with these impacts, and opportunities for regulation. The prepared staff meeting agenda packet, the PowerPoint Presentation and other resources regarding the legislation can be obtained at the following links:
Along with the impacts of the legislation on the community, the Village's ability to regulate impacts of the Act was discussed. While the Village may not prohibit responsible use of cannabis within the community, the bill does not prevent units of local government from enacting reasonable zoning ordinances regulating and/or taxing of cannabis business establishments that may locate within Lemont, or prohibiting establishments entirely.
Many towns in Illinois, including our neighbors, are going through the process of regulating/zoning the business establishments that may locate within their respective towns in advance of the January 1, 2020 implementation of the Act. After discussion at the workshop and hearing input from those in attendance, the Village Board directed staff/legal to prepare amendments to the Village's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) to allow cannabis establishments in certain business districts generally on the periphery of town and away from schools, and subject to meeting criteria and going through a review process similar to liquor establishments. As with any change to the Village's UDO, the new provisions go through a review by the Planning & Zoning Commission, and Committee of the Whole before approval by the Village Board. It's expected that the zoning hearing on the proposed changes to the code will take place at the November 6 Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting. Recommendation will then be heard by the Committee of the Whole on November 18.
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