Wilmette has extended its moratorium on retail sales of cannabis. Still, discussions about zoning Edens Plaza for a future dispensary continue next week.
Although Wilmette’s moratorium on recreational cannabis sales was set to go up in smoke at the end of this month, village administrators assured at their June meeting that it would not be legally sold within the limits of the city this year.
Wilmette village council approved an ordinance on the consent agenda at its June 22 meeting that extends the moratorium until the end of 2021.
But despite this, discussions related to the sale of recreational cannabis for adult use resurface next week.
The village’s land use committee is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 to discuss Edens Plaza “as a potential area to be zoned for the retail sale of recreational cannabis intended for adults,” according to the site. Village web.
Information about the meeting posted on the village website indicates that “the purpose of this meeting is to have a focused discussion on regulations and potential zoning locations and to provide information to the entire village council.” No final decision on the sale of cannabis for adult use will be made by the committee at the meeting, officials said.
Earlier this year, Wilmette administrators held a special meeting where they authorized the land use committee to investigate zoning and other logistics for a possible cannabis dispensary in the village, such as previously reported by The Record.
At this meeting, the board showed consensus in favor of Edens Plaza as a “logical” home for a possible cannabis dispensary.
The land use committee held a meeting at the end of February this year where it reviewed all of Wilmette’s zoning districts to identify potential districts where dispensaries should not be permitted, according to information from the town. Next week’s meeting will include the committee review of Edens Plaza.
A public agenda for this meeting is not available at press time.
The decision to extend the moratorium is anchored in the interest of allowing for a full discussion.
In a note to the village board, village manager Mike Braiman said staff recommended the extension “based on the timing of the land use committee’s discussions and subsequent council deliberations. administration of the village “.
The Village of Wilmette has been looking at recreational cannabis sales since the summer of 2019, as previously reported by The Record. Administrators banned the sale in the village of recreational cannabis before these sales were legalized by the state of Illinois in January 2020.
In the summer of 2020, Wilmette officials reintroduced the measure of setting up a ballot question to gather public opinion on the issue.
The November non-binding consultative referendum received strong support from residents of Wilmette, with 56.4 percent voting in favor of allowing the sale of cannabis in the village.
Those interested in providing feedback on the matter can email [email protected] or attend the land use meeting on June 29.
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