Naperville City Council to host marijuana legalization discussion July 16
The Naperville City Council is slated to host a forum on the retail sale of recreational marijuana Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. at 400 S. Eagle St.
The meeting request was made by petitioner Grassroots Cannabis, according to a bulletin sent out to area residents. The discussion will center around three options: changing city zoning laws to allow for business operations; preparing necessary documents to prohibit sales of the drug; and sending out a community engagement survey asking whether to allow for sales to be allowed in Naperville.
Late last month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on landmark legislation paving the way for the legalized sale of marijuana across the state in 2020. The new law allows Illinois residents 21 and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC infused in edibles and other products.
Illinois is now the 11th state in the country to legalize recreational use of the drug with supporters of the measure insisting the move could bring in as much as $57 million in taxes and fees in the current fiscal year and $500 million annually in five years.