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.

Click on this link to view the June 11 Special Board meeting as it relates to Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

Click on this link to view the August 22 Public Hearing on Cannabis Business Zoning Regulations

Niles Timeline for Proposed Legislation

8/10/2019-8/23/2019 Residents may provide input electronically online.

8/14/2019 Material sent (maps and zoning summary) to Village Board as to what will be presented at the Public Hearing

8/22/2019 Public Hearing Village Hall 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

8/23/2019 Provide summary of public comments to Village Board

8/27/2019 Village Board Meeting – Discussion on proposed zoning regulations

9/16/2019 Special Planning and Zoning Board Meeting – Vote on Cannabis Zoning Text Amendment

9/18/2019 Finance Committee Meeting – Discussion of proposed Cannabis Tax Ordinance

9/24/2019 Village Board Meeting - Consideration of proposed Cannabis Tax Ordinance

10/8/2019 Special Village Board Meeting - Consideration of Cannabis Zoning Ordinance