The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) went into effect on January 1, 2020, legalizing and regulating the production, consumption and sale of recreational cannabis in Illinois. The CRTA allows adults over the age of 21 to possess and privately use recreational cannabis in limited quantities in Illinois; however, use of cannabis in public places is prohibited. The law also allows cannabis businesses to manufacture, distribute, and sell cannabis in Illinois, and to operate cannabis lounges subject to local regulation. The City Council has the option to prohibit, allow, or regulate these cannabis businesses and lounges within the City of Park Ridge.
READ THE CANNABIS REGULATION AND TAX ACT
Position of the Park Ridge City Council
On October 7, 2019 the City Council agreed to “opt-out” of cannabis sales and lounges within the City limits.
Park Ridge Community Survey Regarding Recreational Cannabis
The City Council asked for input about allowing recreational cannabis businesses within City limits in a survey that was available from August 28 through September 18, 2019.
There were 1,425 respondents.
- 48% strongly support Retail Recreational Dispensaries
- 60% strongly support Retail Medical Dispensaries
- 39% strongly support Indoor Cultivation Centers
- 38% strongly support Manufacturing Facilities for Extraction/Infusion
- 40% strongly oppose Cannabis Café/Smoke Lounges (on-site consumption)
Read the full report of the survey results including the 635 comments that were received.