HOOPESTON — The recreational marijuana bill passed by the Illinois General Assembly in June goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Mayor Bill Crusinberry said towns have to prohibit the sale of marijuana or regulate it, adding, “(Regulations are) not very well defined on recreational cannabis.”

The new law allows cities to ban recreational sales of marijuana. However, if the cities and towns don’t take action, companies awarded recreational licenses can proceed with their plans. Cities that ban marijuana only prevent the businesses from setting up shops in their towns, Crusinberry said.

Illinois has five shops that already have received licenses for recreational marijuana. They are Naperville, Mundelein, Joliet, Effingham and Canton. Canton and Joliet are the only two embracing marijuana for their cities. Naperville, Effingham and Mundelein have yet to decide.

In summary the law states that “Illinois’s marijuana legalization law will allow recreational possession and sales starting on January 1, 2020, creating a new system of taxes and regulations. Adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess and buy cannabis, although tourists in Illinois will be allowed to buy less than state residents. Cities and counties may prohibit sales, but not possession, within their borders. Personal growing will only be fully legal for medical use.”

Crusinberry said he plans to go to Chicago to learn more about the new law regarding marijuana and gather more information to bring back to the council. For several frequently asked questions, check https://www.illinoispolicy.org/what-you-need-to-know-about-marijuana-legalization-in-illinois/

In other council business, Alderwoman Lourdine Florek noted the “fragrance” the last few days from the sewage treatment lagoon was due to it being drained and the sludge being cleaned from the lagoon. The odor would subside soon, she said.

Water treatment director Steve Baker said the city would receive the new jet vacuum truck Friday or at least by Monday.

Learned the city is still looking into video gaming and the tax sale auction is set to take place Wednesday, Oct. 10, on six properties in Hoopeston.

Crusninberry said he plans to attend the IDOT Regional office in Paris on Sept. 11 regarding the Thompson Avenue work from the CSX Railroad to the east city limits of Hoopeston ending approximately at Schumacher’s.

The next city council will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at City Hall, 301 W. Main St.

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