Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act
On May 31, 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 1438, the “Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act,” which legalized the sale, possession and use of cannabis sativa and its derivatives and subspecies for recreational purposes by adults over age 21 starting January 1, 2020. The law grants limited authority to municipalities to regulate commercial retail cannabis facilities, including cultivation centers, dispensaries, infusers, processors, and craft growers intending to serve recreational customers. In addition, the law authorizes municipalities to completely prohibit the location and operation of Cannabis Businesses, restrict the Cannabis Businesses to specific zoning districts, require Cannabis Businesses to obtain special permits to operate, and condition the grant of a special permit on compliance with certain regulatory restrictions. The Village of Niles has a long tradition of utilizing its planning and zoning authority to ensure that compatible uses are maintained in its various areas. The Village of Niles Zoning Code does not plainly address uses that would encompass Cannabis Businesses serving recreational customers.
Niles Timeline for Proposed Legislation
8/10/2019-8/23/2019 Residents may provide input electronically via this online form.
8/22/2019 Public Hearing Village Hall 5:00 -7:00 p.m. (Residents may provide input electronically between August 10 and August 23 at the link above.)
8/27/2019 Village Board Meeting - Discussion of Public Comments and Cannabis Regulations
9/16/2019 Planning and Zoning Board Meeting - Proposed Zoning Ordinance
9/18/2019 Finance Committee Meeting – Cannabis Tax Ordinance
9/24/2019 Village Board Meeting – Consideration of Cannabis Zoning Ordinance