The possession and private consumption of cannabis by people 21 or older for recreational use will be legal in Illinois beginning Jan. 1, 2020. However, municipalities may choose whether or not to allow retail cannabis stores in their communities. Cities also may limit how many stores are allowed and where they can be located.
A public discussion around whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in St. Charles will be on the agenda for the Aug. 5, 2019, Government Operations Committee Meeting, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main Street. Official agendas are posted on the City of St. Charles website 48 hours prior to the meeting at www.stcharlesil.gov/meetings.
What to consider if recreational cannabis sales are prohibited in St. Charles
- No retail sites will be allowed to sell cannabis products for recreational use. Note: Currently there is one medical cannabis dispensary in St. Charles.
- Recreational cannabis use will be allowed in St. Charles even if recreational sales are prohibited.
It will be legal to privately consume cannabis in St. Charles because it will be legal throughout the state. Only the sale of cannabis for recreational use can be prohibited in St. Charles.
If communities surrounding St. Charles allow recreational cannabis sales, it will be legal for citizens to buy cannabis in those cities and privately consume it in St. Charles.
What to consider if recreational cannabis sales are allowed in St. Charles
- The City Council may determine how many retail sites are allowed in St. Charles and where they can be located, as state law permits.
- The City can enact a local sales tax up to 3% on cannabis sales.