Village releases cannabis survey results

The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, effective Jan. 1, 2020, is a new Illinois law that legalizes recreational marijuana.

As part of an effort to determine if the Village will allow or prohibit local retail sale/on-premises consumption of adult-use cannabis, residents were invited to take a survey to voice their opinions. The survey was open from Nov. 13 to 24 and resulted in 2,752 responses, of which 94% were Village residents.

Survey results reflected that about 30% strongly opposed or somewhat opposed retail recreation dispensaries, while about 68% strongly supported or somewhat supported them; 30% strongly opposed or somewhat opposed indoor cultivation centers, while 67% strongly supported or somewhat supported them; about 30% strongly opposed or somewhat opposed manufacturing facilities for extraction/infusion, while about 66% strongly supported or somewhat supported them; and about 38% strongly opposed or somewhat opposed cannabis cafes/smoke lounges, while about 58% strongly supported or somewhat supported them.

The survey results are available on the Village website.

The Village Board will further discuss the issue during its Tuesday, Dec. 3 meeting at Village Hall. During that meeting, the board will review the survey results and hear presentations from dispensary firm owners who will share information on business operations and what their facilities look like.

The board will discuss at this meeting whether or not to opt out of the new cannabis law. If they vote to opt out, it would happen at the Tuesday, Dec. 17 board meeting. Should the board make the decision to allow the sale of adult-use cannabis, the board will not need to take immediate action but will give direction on future zoning and taxation of dispensaries.

The Village Board meetings will be broadcast live on the Village's YouTube channel.