Adams County Board to vote subsequent month on cannabis dispensaries


Posted: Jul. 10, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY — The Adams County Board is anticipated to vote subsequent month on whether or not to permit adult-use cannabis dispensaries in Adams County.

The Illinois Legislature final month handed a legislation legalizing the sale of leisure marijuana beginning Jan. 1, 2020, however the legislation permits counties to choose out of permitting dispensaries to open inside their jurisdictions.

Bret Austin, chairman of the County Board’s Finance Committee, went on file Tuesday night time saying he hopes the County Board will enable dispensaries to function domestically. He mentioned doing so would put the county in place to obtain a minimize of all gross sales taxes collected on future gross sales of adult-use cannabis.

“Why put ourselves at a monetary drawback?” he mentioned.

Below the brand new state legislation, the utmost gross sales tax that could possibly be charged on gross sales at adult-use dispensaries can be 3.75%. Austin mentioned Adams County would obtain the total quantity of tax income from any dispensary working in an unincorporated space of the county. If the dispensary was positioned inside the town limits of a home-rule metropolis, comparable to Quincy, the town would obtain 3% whereas the county would obtain .75%.

Austin mentioned the Quincy Metropolis Council additionally may have the chance to vote this yr on whether or not to permit adult-use cannabis dispensaries to function throughout the metropolis limits.

“We have already got a medical cannabis dispensary inside the town limits of Quincy, so I’d assume they (council members) would most likely go ahead with it,” Austin mentioned.

In an interview after Tuesday night time’s Adams County Board assembly, Austin mentioned the board technically has till the top of this yr to determine whether or not to choose out of permitting adult-use cannabis gross sales, however county officers need to take motion shortly.

“We wished to place that on the market as early as we might as a result of individuals who will likely be planning dispensaries ought to most likely have as a lot head’s up as they will,” he mentioned.

Austin mentioned he wished to verify the general public understands that the County Board is not going to be voting on “legalizing” marijuana gross sales as a result of that concern has already been determined by the Illinois Legislature.

“It is authorized as of 1/1/20,” he mentioned. “It is simply whether or not you need to take part within the dispensary program.”

Austin mentioned he is unsure how the County Board will vote on the matter.

“We’ve a really conservative County Board,” he mentioned.

“My hope is that Adams County is not going to essentially embrace cannabis however that we’ll take part within the dispensary program as a result of it is smart as a statewide program that we should not besides ourselves from it.”

Les Put up, chairman of the County Board’s Government Committee, mentioned the committee just lately mentioned the cannabis concern “and the way to make sure that Adams County stays a drug-free office.”

Austin informed reporters after the assembly that although adult-use cannabis has been legalized in Illinois, “we is not going to enable workers of the county to be beneath the affect of cannabis when they’re at work.”

In different motion Tuesday, the County Board performed an after-the-fact public listening to on the board’s choice final month to approve $four million normally obligation bonds to assist finance the development of the brand new Adams County Jail. Nobody spoke on the listening to.

The jail undertaking is shifting alongside at a gradual tempo. Mark Peter, chairman of the Jail Subcommittee, mentioned 75$ of the wing that can home the Quincy Police Division and the Adams County Sheriff’s Division has been accomplished, and the remainder of that wing needs to be accomplished by the top of September.

“There may be nonetheless a lot work to be accomplished” within the cell block areas that can home prisoners, Peter mentioned.

The board authorised a request from the village of Clayton for a allow to discharge fireworks Aug. 10 in the course of the Adams-Brown County Outdated Settlers Days.

The board authorised the reappointments of Richard Wright and Ann Reich to three-year phrases and Mark Peter to a one-year time period on the Adams County Well being Division’s governing board.


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