Illinois Weed Legalization Guide: Will your city or town sell marijuana?

Illinois legalized recreational marijuana beginning January 1, 2020. Adults aged 21 and over will be able to buy up to 30 grams, or about 1 ounce, of marijuana flower, edibles totaling no more than 500mg of THC, and 5 grams of cannabis concentrate products. Non-residents will be able to purchase half those amounts.

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But the state left it up to individual cities, towns and municipalities to decide if they will allow recreational marijuana sales. Will you be able to buy marijuana in your town?

CHICAGO
Marijuana sales will be permitted in most of Chicago, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced a zoning ordinance that would establish an exclusion zone in the city's Central Business District, which includes the Loop and the Magnificent Mile, a prime tourist attraction and major source of revenue for the city.

The rest of the city is divided into seven zones with 13 marijuana retail locations permitted in each.

FURTHER READING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot gets pushback on proposal to regulate Chicago's marijuana dispensary locations

NORTH SUBURBS

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
Arlington Heights will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The village board voted 5-3 on November 4 to prohibit adult-use cannabis businesses. One trustee was absent. The week before the board voted 6-3 in favor of prohibition on the same ordinance.

BUFFALO GROVE
Buffalo Grove will allow recreational marijuana sales.

Despite a large turnout from residents opposed to recreational cannabis sales, the village board approved zoning regulations to allow it, the Daily Herald reported. Only one trustee voted against the ordinance.

Per the ordinance, only two recreational dispensaries will be allowed to operate in Buffalo Grove. Growing, cultivation, processing and food sales outside of edibles are prohibited by the ordinance. The ordinance also outlaws on-site consumption of marijuana or cannabis products.

CRYSTAL LAKE
Crystal Lake will allow recreational marijuana sales.

The city council approved a zoning ordinance in a 7-1 vote to allow dispensaries. The ordinance does not allow other kinds of businesses, like cultivation centers or processors, to operate. The city council said the decision to prohibit those other kinds of businesses can be revisited in the future.

The city council also voted to add a 3% sales tax on marijuana businesses in Crystal Lake.

GRAYSLAKE
Grayslake will not allow recreational marijuana sales in the village, at least not in the immediate period after marijuana becomes legal.

Village officials said the Village Board met and passed an ordinance to prohibit recreational sales at this time. Officials said the village will continue to keep an eye on the issues and how other towns are handling it, and then the Village Board will reconvene to revisit the issue down the road. Board members are looking to gather community input through their planning commission. They also intend to examine land use regulation zoning issues as they study how recreational marijuana sales are handled by other municipalities.

There are no medical marijuana dispensaries in Grayslake as of September 2019.

LAKE FOREST
Lake Forest will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The city council voted unanimously in their October 7 meeting to ban recreational sales within city limits.

LAKE ZURICH
Lake Zurich will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The Lake Zurich Village Board voted 5-1 to ban sales at their September 23 meeting.

LIBERTYVILLE

Libertyville will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The Libertyville village board unanimously voted to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana in town during an October 22 meeting.

MARENGO
Marengo will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The Marengo City Council approved ordinances to allow businesses including cultivation centers, dispensaries, infusers, craft growers, processors and transporters to open and operate in the city. There are specific zoning restrictions for where those businesses, particularly cultivation centers, can open and operate.

The city also approved a 3% local sales tax on marijuana retailers.

MCHENRY
McHenry will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The city council approved zoning ordinances to allow adult-use cannabis businesses to open. The city said it will allow up to two dispensaries in city limits. They are limited to specific areas, on-site consumption will not be allowed, and they would need to be 1,000 feet away from schools and 1,500 feet from other dispensaries.

MUNDELEIN
Mundelein will allow sales of recreational marijuana in 2020.

A zoning ordinance would allow marijuana retail establishments in some shopping centers, mixed-use manufacturing districts and manufacturing zones. Growers, cultivation centers and processing centers would be allowed in manufacturing zones and mixed-use manufacturing districts, but not in commercial zones.

Marijuana businesses will not be allowed within 1,500 feet of existing dispensaries, 1,000 feet of schools, 1,000 feet of day care facilities, and 500 feet of parks.

Mundelein already has medical marijuana dispensaries, one of which was granted a same-site license to sell recreational marijuana on January 1.

NORTHBROOK
Northbrook will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to allow recreation dispensaries on Tuesday, October 22. They also approved lowering the minimum location distance from schools and day cares from 500 feet to 250 feet. Dispensaries will be prohibited in the downtown area, and hours of operation will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., in line with state hours.

PALATINE
Palatine will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

Village council members voted to allow retail sales, but businesses will need a special use permit and can only operate in specifically designated parts of town.

The village council also voted to apply a 3% local sales tax to recreational cannabis sales, and affirmed its 1% food and beverage tax would apply to weed edibles.

PARK RIDGE
Park Ridge will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The City Council voted to decline recreational sales at their October 7 council meeting.

PRAIRIE GROVE
Prairie Grove is still deciding whether or not to allow recreational marijuana sales. The Village Board is expected to make the decision at a meeting on October 16.

PROSPECT HEIGHTS
Prospect Heights residents have said they want to allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020. The city council will take up the issue at their November 24 meeting.

ROLLING MEADOWS
Rolling Meadows will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The city council unanimously approved an ordinance to allow recreational sales, and aldermen also unanimously agreed to allow only one recreational marijuana dispensary in the city: the existing medical marijuana dispensary, Nature's Care. The medical dispensary has applied for one of the state's same-site licenses.

ROUND LAKE PARK
Round Lake Park will allow recreational marijuana sales next year.

Village trustees voted 5-1 in late November to permit marijuana sales, and to change zoning regulations to accommodate such sales.

SCHAUMBURG
Schaumburg will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The village will also adapt an additional 3% tax on recreational sales, and require retail cannabis businesses register with the village in addition to seeking necessary licensing with the state. A zoning ordinance also limits the number of dispensaries in Schaumburg to five, and they must be at least 1,000 feet away from any school or day care center.

STREAMWOOD
Streamwood will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

WAUKEGAN
Waukegan will allow recreational cannabis sales after marijuana becomes legal in Illinois.

The mayor, while not a supporter of marijuana, cast the deciding vote in favor or allowing adult-use marijuana businesses in the town at a meeting in early November.

WHEELING
Wheeling will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The planning commissioners voted to recommend regulations on November 7.

WOODSTOCK
Woodstock will allow recreational cannabis sales in 2020.

The city has approved a 3% sales tax on marijuana sales, and as of December 2019 was in the process of approving two dispensaries.

WEST SUBURBS

AURORA

Aurora will allow the sale of recreational cannabis in 2020.

The city council approved the law Tuesday night in a 9 to 1 vote. The approved amended zoning ordinance allows for four dispensaries in Aurora, and requires at least two of them to be social equity licenses.

Dispensaries cannot be within 750 feet of a school or daycare, can only be on arterial streets and must be further than a mile and a half apart.

The city council said tax revenue from marijuana sales will be used for community reinvestment initiatives, public safety and special events.

CAROL STREAM
Carol Stream will recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The village board approved zoning recommendations for a dispensary in late November. The proposed zoning recommendations would only allow a dispensary in specific areas, and would allow for regulations to be placed on any cannabis business.

CLARENDON HILLS
Clarendon Hills will not allow recreational marijuana sales in their village.

The village board voted unanimously in October to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses after residents spoke out strongly against dispensaries.

DOWNERS GROVE
Downers Grove will not allow recreational marijuana sales in the village.

Village trustees voted 4-3 to ban sales during a meeting on October 8, following a contentious debate. They also did not approve a motion to reverse the ban on January 1, 2021, following a year of research into cannabis sales, but did say they are open to revisiting the issue in the future.

WEST DUNDEE
West Dundee will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The village adopted regulations to allow for one recreational dispensary when the new law takes effect. The regulations only allow the dispensary to open in the B3 business service district, and require a 250-foot buffer zone between the shop and property lines of any day care, school, or residential area.

ELBURN
Elburn will allow recreational marijuana sales in the village.

While there are no medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Elburn, village officials said the board instructed the planning committee to draft an ordinance for a retail marijuana business to open once the law takes effect. The board has approved that ordinance.

Elburn has not released a timeline for when the first retail marijuana business will open.

ELMHURST
Elmhurst will not allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The city council voted against allowing adult-use sales in October 2019.

GLEN ELLYN
Glen Ellyn will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The village has imposed a moratorium on their measure, and will return to the topic in a year. They appear to be the only district in Illinois to take this approach.

HINDSALE
Hinsdale will not allow recreational marijuana sales after cannabis becomes legal in Illinois.

The village voted to opt out of recreational sales on October 1.

INDIAN HEAD PARK
Indian Head Park will not allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The village board voted in October to opt out of allowing adult-use cannabis businesses.

LA GRANGE
La Grange will not allow recreational marijuana businesses in 2020.

At a vote in mid-October, the deciding vote was cast by the village president to ban recreational marijuana sales in the village.

LISLE
Lisle will not allow the sale of recreational marijuana in 2020.

The village board voted in October to adopt an ordinance prohibiting a recreational marijuana dispensary.

LOMBARD
Lombard will allow recreational marijuana dispensaries in the village.

The village board voted unanimously, with one abstention, on October 3 to allow recreational marijuana dispensaries as either a permitted or conditional use depending on the location. A business that choose their location in a conditional use area will need approval from both the village board and the plan commission.

Lombard released a map of the different zoning areas for recreational cannabis businesses. Click here to view it.

NAPERVILLE
Recreational marijuana sales will not be allowed in Naperville following a vote by the City Council. However, city officials agreed to possibly send the issue to voters, with a referendum on the ballot in March 2020, which could overturn that decision.

Naperville already has one medical marijuana dispensary, whose sales will not be affected. Based on population, the city could have up to five recreational dispensaries.

FURTHER READING: Naperville City Council votes to not allow sale of recreational marijuana

OAK BROOK
Oak Brook will not allow recreational cannabis sales in 2020.

The village board voted in late October to ban adult-use marijuana businesses.

OAK PARK
Oak Park will allow recreational marijuana sales in the village.

Since the village already has one medical marijuana dispensary, the Village Board voted to apply the same zoning regulation that governs medical marijuana facilities to recreational marijuana facilities. Therefore, a recreational marijuana facility will be allowed in Oak Park's commercial districts.

RIVERSIDE
Riverside will allow recreational marijuana sales once marijuana is legalized in Illinois.

Village trustees voted 4-2 to adopt an ordinance to allow recreational marijuana sales and businesses along the commercial district on Harlem Avenue.

ST. CHARLES
St. Charles will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

At the October 21 City Council meeting, the council voted 6-3 to approve a zoning ordinance to allow sales. The ordinance allows for two retail locations; one on the east side of St. Charles and another on the west side.

UNINCORPORATED DUPAGE COUNTY
DuPage County voted on October 22 to not allow recreational marijuana sales in unincorporated areas of the county.

County officials cited impacts on the safety and health of residents in their decision.

WHEATON
Wheaton will not allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The City Council voted to adopt a zoning ordinance which would prohibit cannabis business establishments in their October 7 meeting.

The city does allow medical marijuana sales, but does not currently have any medical marijuana dispensaries.

WINFIELD
Winfield will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

Village trustees approved recreational sales in an unanimous vote, but opted to limit the number of eligible dispensary sites to areas along three streets: Roosevelt Road, North Avenue and St. Charles Road.

The village will impose the full 3% sales tax localities are allowed under the law.

SOUTH SUBURBS

BOLINGBROOK
Bolingbrook will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The village does not currently have any medical marijuana dispensaries either, and no plans to put the issue of recreational sales to voters or reconsider their decisions in the near future, city officials said.

BRIDGEVIEW
It appears Bridgeview will allow recreational marijuana sales in their village.

In September village board unanimously approved implementing a 3.5% local tax on any recreational marijuana sales. At the time no one had yet come forward to propose a cannabis business.

DARIEN
Darien will allow recreational marijuana sales once marijuana is legal in Illinois.

The Darien City Council voted 4-3 in favor of allowing marijuana dispensaries to open after the city conducted a survey that showed a narrow majority of residents were in favor of doing so.

HOMEWOOD
Homewood will allow recreational marijuana sales once cannabis is legal in Illinois.

The village has limited marijuana businesses to the same zoning restrictions as medical marijuana dispensaries, and has also opted to enact a 3% local tax on adult-use marijuana sales.

JOLIET
Jolliet will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk cast the tie-breaking vote at an October 1 city council meeting to allow sales to go forward. The city currently has a medical marijuana dispensary, which was awarded a same-site license for recreational sales.

MOKENA
Mokena will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The village board unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting recreational sales at their October 14 meeting.

OAK LAWN
Oak Lawn will not allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The village board scheduled a vote for Tuesday, November 26, to formally opt out of recreational cannabis sales.

ORLAND PARK
Orland Park will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

The village board voted unanimously on October 7 to ban recreational sales in the village. Mayor Keith Pekau said he's against legalizing marijuana and that while he is open to revising the issue after legalization is implemented, he is unlikely to change his opinion.

PALOS HILLS
Palos Hills appears to be inclined to allow recreational marijuana sales in their city.

In November the mayor cast a tiebreaking vote during a city council meeting implement a 3% local tax on any recreational marijuana sales in the city. However, the city appeared to still be considering whether or not to propose zoning ordinances that would allow recreational cannabis dispensaries to operate.

PLAINFIELD
Plainfield will not allow recreational marijuana sales in their village.

The village board voted on October 7 to adopt an ordinance banning marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers.

GREATER ILLINOIS

CANTON
Canton will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The Canton City Council unanimously approved a zoning ordinance to allow adult-use sale in August. The medical marijuana dispensary in Canton was awarded a same-site license to begin sales on January 1.

CHAMPAIGN
Champaign will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The city council voted on September 24 to allow sales. A medical dispensary already in operation has been awarded a same-site cannabis retail license to begin sales on January 1.

EFFINGHAM
Effingham is expected to allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

At an Effingham County Board meeting in late September, the board passed a 3.5 percent tax on cannabis retail sales. A medical marijuana dispensary in Effingham has also been awarded a same-site license for recreational sales on January 1.

The county board has not yet passed zoning ordinances or other laws to allow or ban recreational sales.

GRANDVIEW
Grandview will allow recreational cannabis sales in 2020.

The village approved recreational sales following a public hearing in September in which no major concerns or opposition from the public was expressed. The village already has a medical marijuana dispensary, which was awarded a same-site license to sell recreational marijuana on January 1.

ROCKFORD
Rockford will allow recreational marijuana sales in 2020.

The city approved a zoning ordinance to allow sales in most commercial areas, as well as most industrial areas, with some restrictions. Two medical marijuana dispensaries in Rockford have been awarded same-site licenses for adult-use sales on January 1.

This listing will be updated as more municipalities make decisions on recreational marijuana sales

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