With two companies excited about working leisure marijuana dispensaries in Naperville, metropolis officers are able to take step one in discussions about permitting or prohibiting native gross sales.
Metropolis council members have given themselves three choices to start out deciding whether or not to permit companies working below the state’s Hashish Regulation and Tax Act, which will probably be efficient Jan. 1. The council may:
• Transfer towards permitting gross sales by asking employees members to work on zoning laws to control the quantity, hours and places of potential outlets.
• Transfer towards prohibiting gross sales by directing employees members to organize the documentation essential to decide out of the retail portion of the legislation.
• Conduct a group survey first to gauge public opinion.
Council members are set to contemplate the choices at 7 p.m. Tuesday within the municipal heart at 400 S. Eagle St.
They’re additionally anticipated to listen to from a consultant of dispensary chain Grassroots Hashish, who advised the town he plans to look to ask permission to open a retailer on the town.
Peyton Hurst with Grassroots Hashish emailed Metropolis Clerk Pam Gallahue July 2 stating his firm’s intention to “petition Naperville to have the ability to open a leisure cannabis dispensary.” Hurst didn’t instantly return a name in search of remark.
Based on a metropolis memo, Grassroots Hashish would search a location on Route 59 so as to add to the websites in Deerfield, Litchfield, Mokena and Morris the place it already sells medical marijuana.
The memo additionally says Naperville’s medical dispensary 3C Compassionate Care Middle, which is operated by the nationwide Inexperienced Thumb Industries, plans to start promoting leisure merchandise at its retailer on Quincy Avenue and to make use of a secondary license to open a separate leisure dispensary.
Municipalities throughout the state can select whether or not to permit or prohibit shops promoting marijuana to be used by adults 21 and older, however cities can not prohibit possession. Discussions about gross sales are below method throughout the area, together with in Bartlett, Lincolnshire, Oak Brook and South Elgin.
Cities that enable gross sales can tack on a tax of as much as three p.c and stand to obtain further gross sales taxes as nicely.
In Naperville, 360 Youth Companies is compiling analysis about marijuana use for council members’ data, stated Karen Jarczyk, prevention director. Choice-makers are balancing many elements as they weigh marijuana gross sales, Jarczyk stated, together with tax income, competitors with close by communities and the potential for elevated use by teenagers or elevated problematic use by adults.
One truth Jarczyk stated her group is prone to share is that marijuana could be addictive, however charges of dependancy range primarily based on age of first use. Amongst individuals who start utilizing as adults, 11 p.c develop an dependancy, in keeping with analysis by the Nationwide Institute on Drug Abuse and the Nationwide Institutes of Well being. However amongst those that start utilizing as teenagers, 17 p.c ultimately grow to be addicted, the analysis discovered.
Jarczyk stated she’ll maintain her opinion out of the dialogue of whether or not pot gross sales must be licensed in Naperville.
“The group is sensible sufficient to determine it out. And it isn’t our function,” she stated. “Our function is admittedly simply to offer training.”