FAIRFIELD, Ill. (WEHT) – The State of Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana, but it will be up to each individual city, town and municipality to decide if their area will allow dispensaries to sell cannabis.
And Fairfield residents are voicing their opinions about the issue.
Starting January 1st, Illinois will become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.
But some areas may not see those changes.
There was a public meeting in Fairfield about the issue.
A public hearing held in Fairfield was supposed to help the city get direction on whether or not dispensaries should be allowed within the city’s limits, but it only seemed to generate more confusion.
To sell or not to sell – that was the heavily debated question at the Fairfield City Council Meeting.
While the State of Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana, it is up to each individual town, city and municipality to decide if dispensaries will be allowed to sell it.
According to the Chicago Tribune, there are currently 29 stores around the state that are approved to sell marijuana.
The new law takes effect on the first of the new year but with council members in disagreement as to what’s best for the city, many people are now asking “what’s next?”
“It’s a tossup I know that it’s approximately a 50/50 right now. I’m hoping to give more information to the council members that oppose it so they can make a fair and good decision.”
The council’s attorney urged the board to make a decision by January 1st, but they aren’t legally obligated to do so.
The council meets again on Tues., Dec. 10.
FAIRFIELD, Ill. (WEHT) – Big changes are in store for people in Illinois as the state will legalize recreational marijuana, but those changes might not take effect in some areas.
The State of Illinois has legalized recreational marijuana, but it will be up to each individual city, town and municipality to decide if their area will be legalized as well.
The people of Fairfield will meet here at city hall to voice their opinions.
The new law will take effect on January 1, 2020.
Those 21 and older can buy up to 30 grams, or about 1 ounce, of marijuana flower, edibles totaling no more than 500 milligrams of THC, and five grams of cannabis concentrate products.
Those from out of state will be able to purchase half these amounts.
Illinois legalized medical marijuana in 2014 and this new announcement will make Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.
Washington D.C. has also legalized marijuana.
We’ll continue to update this story throughout the night.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 26, 2019)