OSWEGO – Oswego village officials are anticipating public discussions about recreational marijuana within the village to come this fall.
Oswego Village President Troy Parlier said there hasn't been public discussion on the issue from a village standpoint so far. However, he said, the village is starting to get some information from legal counsel regarding the state law and what it means for the village.
“We’re not too far behind the county," Parlier said. "We’re working on it, and it’s a very complicated issue and it includes a lot.”
Parlier's comments come after Kendall County officials started talking about what recreational marijuana could look like from a zoning standpoint and whether the county would opt in or opt out of allowing related sales in unincorporated areas of the county. That follows Illinois becoming the 11th state in the country to allow recreational marijuana, when Gov. JB Pritzker signed the bill into law in June.
Parlier said village officials still share safety-related concerns and what kind of strain that may put on local law enforcement, but they're also aware the village could also benefit from a potential 3% tax revenue capture. He said he is anticipating public discussion for the issue happening during a village committee of the whole meeting this fall.
Village officials said in a news release the talks will be held during the regularly scheduled committee of the whole meeting 6 p.m. Sept. 3 at Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill. Interested residents and business owners also can complete a related survey at surveymonkey.com/r/KVKBZR7 before Wednesday, Aug. 28, or residents may email village board members at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois adults ages 21 and older will be able to carry 30 grams, or slightly more than an ounce, of cannabis flower; up to a half-gram of THC – the chemical compound that gets users high – within cannabis-infused products, such as edibles; and 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, such as hash oil. For visitors from outside the state, those possession amounts are cut in half.
The state law goes into effect Jan. 1.
Parlier's comments also come as Yorkville Mayor John Purcell said he is anticipating the beginning of city discussions about recreational marijuana to begin during the next Yorkville City Council meeting.
Parlier said he is not leaning one way or the other when it comes to whether he thinks the village should opt in or out of recreational marijuana sales.
“I want to hear everything from all our people and, hopefully within couple months, we’ll have a clear direction,” Parlier said.