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Update on Recreational Cannabis in St. Charles

Public discussions around whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in St. Charles continue.

Public Meetings

The issue has been discussed and any public comments considered at:

  • Aug. 15, 2019 Government Operations Committee Meeting
  • Aug. 19, 2019 Government Operations Committee Meeting
  • Sept. 3, 2019 Government Operations Committee Meeting

Initial Votes

  • At the Aug. 19, 2019, Government Operations Committee Meeting, aldermen, as a Committee of the Whole, voted 6-3 to direct City staff to begin the process of amending the City’s zoning ordinance to allow two recreational sales facilities, one on the east side of St. Charles and one on the west side.
  • At the Sept. 3, 2019, Government Operations Committee Meeting, aldermen voted 5-3 to recommend a 3% sales tax on future cannabis retail sales if the City zoning is approved.

Next Steps

  • The City will file a General Amendment Application to change the current zoning ordinance.
  • The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on September 17.
  • The Planning and Development Committee of the City Council will consider the Plan Commission's recommendation(s).
  • The City Council will consider and vote on the recommendation(s) of the Planning and Development Committee.

.Illinois Law Goes into Effect Jan. 1, 2020

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, and if so, how many stores are allowed, and where they can be located.

Official agendas are posted on the City of St. Charles website 48 hours prior to a meeting at Minutes of previous meetings also are posted there.

updated Sep 06, 2019