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 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.

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NORTH SUBURBS

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 is still deciding whether or not to allow recreational marijuana sales. The Village Board is expected to decide at a meeting on either October 8 or October 16.

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.

WEST SUBURBS

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.

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.

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 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 is holding a zoning meeting to discuss recreational marijuana sales on October 7. There are no plans to make a final decision on sales at this stage.

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.

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.

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.

MOKENA
Mokena will not allow recreational marijuana sales.

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

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.

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.

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

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