YORKVILLE – A Kendall County ordinance that would prohibit adult use marijuana sales in unincorporated areas of the county now goes to the county board’s Committee of the Whole.
The county board’s law, justice and legislation committee voted, 3-2, to approve an ordinance prohibiting marijuana business establishments during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 9, at the Kendall County Courthouse, 807 John St., Yorkville
Tony Giles, committee chairman, cast the last ballot to break a 2-2 tie. Giles voted positively to pass along the draft ordinance to the Committee of the Whole, which includes all 10 county board members.
“Because the board needs to hear it,” Giles said.
After asking Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis what he could provide in terms of a legal opinion within the next couple of days, committee member Judy Gilmour, who voted in favor of the ordinance, said waiting for whatever Weis could provide was all the more reason she wanted the ordinance to go before the full county board.
“Because we’ve got 10 board members, this is a big decision for our county and we certainly need more time” to gather more information from a legal standpoint especially, Gilmour said.
Committee member Robyn Vickers – who voted against the ordinance, along with committee member Audra Hendrix – said the use of recreational marijuana is going to be legal throughout Illinois come Jan. 1, whether anyone likes it or not.
Committee member Matt Prochaska said he still has concerns about marijuana still being illegal at the federal level, which could mean legalizing those sales in Kendall County could make residents subject to federal enforcement. He said he also is concerned about what this could mean for local banks because of the substance being illegal at the federal level.
“That being said, it’s here and it’s in Illinois and I really, truly am torn between the two, whether or not to allow it or whether or not to opt out,” Prochaska said.
Prochaska, who voted in favor of the ordinance, said he voted the way he did because he also wanted a full County Board discussion on the matter.
The county’s next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the county office building, 111 W. Fox St., Yorkville.