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Recreational marijuana talks on next Yorkville City Council meeting agenda

File photo: Yorkville Mayor John Purcell talks during an Aug. 13 City Council meeting at City Hall in Yorkville.
File photo: Yorkville Mayor John Purcell talks during an Aug. 13 City Council meeting at City Hall in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – A discussion with Yorkville city officials about recreational marijuana is set to come at the next City Council meeting.

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell said there haven't really been a lot of internal discussions as of yet related to recreational marijuana within the city. Since he personally doesn't have any strong opinions on the subject at this point, he said, he thought it would be good to work starting from the top with the City Council and perhaps address the matter in separate committees from there.

"So I'm really looking for direction from the City Council," Purcell said.

Purcell'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.

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.

Purcell said he's aware of some issues that have come up in states that already allow legal weed, including the strain it could cause law enforcement with potential traffic enforcement issues. He said he also knows that allowing recreational marijuana sales could help the city from an economic standpoint.

Purcell said he is open to hearing from every person at every corner of the issue.

"It's not a black and white kind of issue," Purcell said. "It's very gray."

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

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