CAMPTON HILLS – Campton Hills has joined other communities like Wheaton, Plainfield and Naperville in banning the sale of recreational marijuana.
At its Oct. 15 meeting, the Campton Hills Village Board voted unanimously to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses in the village. Beginning Jan. 1, the law will allow Illinois residents 21 and older to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana per Illinois resident. Residents also will be able to possess 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and up to 500 milligrams of THC – the main psychoactive compound in marijuana that gives the high sensation – contained in a cannabis-infused product. Nonresidents 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.
Campton Hills Village President Mike Tyrrell voiced concerns that recreational marijuana will increase the number of impaired drivers. Tyrrell said his brother-in-law was killed by an intoxicated driver.
"How many would allow Illinois to raise the alcohol content from .08 to 10 or something higher if it meant they were going to give us more money?" he asked in making his argument against allowing retail marijuana sales. "Who would sacrifice that for the money? We will contribute as much as we can to reducing fatalities out on our streets."
Village Trustee Mike Millette said he could see some positives when it comes to the sale of recreational marijuana.
"There are some advantages to cutting into the black market," he said. "I think there's some advantages to getting rid of some of the over incarceration rate for minor offenses and it has targeted minority populations greater. However, that should happen whether we decide to do this in our community or not."
He said the village should watch other communities that decide to allow the retail sale of marijuana to see if it causes problems.
"We can sit back and watch how it plays out statewide," Millette said.