UPDATED 6:50 P.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18:
SANDWICH – Talks about allowing adult-use recreational marijuana sales within Sandwich's city limits have been postponed to the city's committee of the whole meeting next month.
Sandwich City Clerk Denise Ii said the talks were originally scheduled to occur during the city's committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Sept. 16. Knowing that Mayor Rich Robinson and Ward 3 Alderman Pete Dell would not be able to attend the meeting, she said, she had asked city officials whether they still wanted to have the conversation on the subject matter during this week's meeting, since the meeting would have had to be cancelled due to a lack of quarum if one more alderman didn't show up.
"So it was a last minute thing in trying to get the agenda posted," Ii said.
Robinson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from Record Newspapers.
Robinson had said he was unsure of how other aldermen felt about the issue, but city officials were continuing to research what it could mean for the city either way, including the possibility of a 3% sales tax revenue capture if the city allows shops to sell recreational marijuana or what it may mean for employers or law enforcement. He had said he was concerned about whether the state "opened Pandora’s box" in passing the law legalizing recreational marijuana use for adults 21 years old and older.
Ii said no audience members that attended the Monday, Sept. 16 meeting mentioned the issue regardless. She said she is under the impression that the Oct. 7 meeting will be open for members of the community to come and offer their comments about how they feel about the sale of recreational marijuana in Sandwich.
Ii said the City Council hasn't voiced any opinion on the topic thus far.
“They are watching how other communities and townships are handling the same dilemma,” Ii said.
Municipalities have the authority under the state law, which was signed by Gov. JB Pritzker in June, to allow marijuana producers and retailers to locate within their borders effective Jan. 1 and to impose additional regulations on those businesses.
Ii said she was also aware that the Illinois Municipal League has been doing a lot of research on the matter as well and the city is looking to them for direction as well.
The retail marijuana talks are scheduled for the City Council's committee of the whole meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Sandwich City Hall Annex, 128 E. Railroad St.