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Sycamore City Council to look at recreational marijuana again

SYCAMORE ­The Sycamore City Council will again look at proposed ordinances on allowing recreational marijuana in the city limits at it’s meeting Monday evening.

The ordinances are a response to the Cannabis Regulating and Tax Act signed into law June 25 by Gov. JB Pritzker regulating the sale, production and use of marijuana, effectively legalizing its recreational use in Illinois.

“Municipalities cannot restrict private consumption of cannabis as authorized in the new law,” according to Sycamore city documents. “Communities, including the city of Sycamore, need to decide whether or not to allow recreational cannabis dispensaries with corporate limits.”

The Sycamore City Council first was presented with information regarding legalization in September, and it held a public hearing Oct. 7 with the majority of public speakers voicing opposition to allowing sales within the city limits.

“Based on that discussion and direction, staff has drafted [an ordinance] to all for recreational cannabis dispensaries in Sycamore,” according to city documents. “The ordinance also prohibits on-premises consumption of cannabis.”

The ordinance does not also allow craft growers to operate within the city.

A second ordinance would amend the city’s tax code to allow for taxation of sales. State law allows for the city to tax sales of recreational marijuana up to 3%, and staff recommends the City Council consider the full amount, according to city documents.

Both ordinances are up for second reading Monday.

Other business

Up for consideration Monday is a request to award a contract with the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies and Egret+Ox Planning for working on the city’s comprehensive plan and land use maps. Sycamore last updated its plan in 2014.

“Every five years municipalities are encourage to update their respective comprehensive plans to redefine the collective vision of the community,” according to the agenda for Monday’s meeting.

The NIU-CGS and Egret+Ox proposal was $22,500 and the lowest one the the city received.

The project will be funded by a DeKalb County Community Foundation Community Economic Development Planning Grant of $20,000, according to city documents.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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