ST. CHARLES – St. Charles aldermen on Monday will begin discussing whether the city should allow retail marijuana stores to set up shop in the city now that recreational marijuana use and possession will be legal starting Jan. 1.
St. Charles City Council's Government Operations Committee will discuss the issue at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Council chambers, 2 E. Main St. in downtown St. Charles. If recreational marijuana sales are prohibited in St. Charles, no retail sites will be allowed to sell marijuana products for recreational use. There currently is one medical marijuana dispensary in St. Charles.
Recreational marijuana use would still be allowed in St. Charles even if recreational sales are prohibited. The St. Charles City Council would have the power to determine how many retail sites are allowed in St. Charles and where they can be located, as state law permits.
The city also can enact a local sales tax up to 3% on marijuana sales. Beginning Jan. 1, state law will allow for the possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana per Illinois resident. Residents will also be able to possess up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product. Non-residents can possess half those amounts.
Registered medical marijuana patients will be allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants in their home and possess more than 30 grams of cannabis if it is grown and secured in their residence under certain conditions.
Other municipalities in Kane County are also debating the issue. Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke has said that he would veto any ordinance granting a license for a business to sell recreational marijuana in the city of Batavia. As such, approval of a recreational marijuana sales license in Batavia would need the support of at least 10 aldermen on the 14-member council.
Schielke said he is opposed to its licensed sale in the city because of problems he says have resulted in Batavia from marijuana use. Citing Batavia police reports, the mayor said that persons combining alcohol with marijuana have passed out.
Shaw Media reporter Mark Foster contributed to this report.