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Adult-Use Cannabis

Ö   9/5/19: Educational Study Session
Ö   10/3/19: Board Workshop to receive public input
Ö   10/29/19: Presentation on Recreational Cannabis
Ö   11/7/19: Board Discussion
Ö   11/21/19: Board Discussion and Direction

Ö 12/5/19:  Board Meeting for Legislative Action

Adult Use Cannabis Ordinance Village ‘Opts Out’

The Village Board passed an ordinance on Thursday, December 5, 2019 that prohibits cannabis-based businesses from operating within the Village of Woodridge. Interested parties can view the conversation and vote online.

Adult-Use Cannabis 

When was cannabis made legal in Illinois? 
On June 25, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the
Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) into law. The CRTA goes into effect on January 1, 2020.  This law legalizes and regulates the production, consumption, and sale of recreational cannabis in Illinois.

The CRTA allows Illinois residents over the age of 21 to possess and privately use recreational cannabis in limited quantities; however, use of cannabis in public places is prohibited. The State of Illinois legalized the production, consumption, and sale of medical cannabis in Illinois as of January 1, 2014.

Can the consumption/possession of cannabis be banned by a local municipality like Woodridge?
No, municipalities cannot ban or override the CRTA. However, t
hey can enforce related local ordinances consistent with the Act, such as violations for consumption in public places, schools, etc.

What does the law allow municipalities to do?

The CRTA allows Illinois municipalities to choose whether they will allow (“opt in”) or prohibit (“opt out”) the local retail sale of adult-use cannabis by businesses within their jurisdiction.

The choice to opt out

Municipalities may choose to opt out, or prohibit, adult-use cannabis businesses.

If a municipality chooses to opt out, it may adopt and enforce local ordinances to regulate the possession, public consumption, cultivation, growing, processing, dispensing, and transporting of adult-use cannabis as long as the regulations and penalties are consistent with the CRTA.

The choice to opt in

Municipalities may choose to opt in, or permit, adult-use cannabis businesses. By opting in, municipalities may enact zoning ordinances and regulations that designate the time, place, manner, and number of cannabis business operations. This would also include requiring minimum distances not only between cannabis business locations, but also between cannabis business locations and certain types of other businesses throughout the municipality.  Additionally, municipalities have authority over whether on premise use is allowed.

In addition, municipalities that opt in may impose a Municipal Purchase Excise Tax on adult-use cannabis products of up to 3% of the purchase price. The taxes imposed under the CRTA are in addition to all other taxes imposed by the municipality and State of Illinois.

Who can legally purchase and consume cannabis?
As a result of the new State legislation, the consumption of cannabis as of January 1, 2020, will be treated similarly to that of the consumption of alcohol with any Illinois resident, or non-resident, 21 or over, now being able to purchase and consume cannabis.

How much cannabis may an individual possess?
Illinois residents may possess up to:

  • 30 grams, or just over one ounce of “flower”
  • 5 grams of cannabis concentrate
  • 500 milligrams of THC - the chemical that makes users high – in a cannabis infused product such as gummies, candy, other consumable products (referred to as “edibles”), or tinctures, and lotions
  • Non-Illinois residents may legally possess up to ½ of these amounts.

What regulatory abilities, if any, do business owners and landlords have?
Any person, business, public entity, or landlord may prohibit the use of cannabis on private property.

What is allowed under the Home Grow provision?

Home Grow Cannabis will be limited to authorized medical cannabis participants and is limited to five plants.


The Village values your input
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Call in phone number, please leave a voicemail: 630-719-4901


The Village Board discussed Adult-Use Cannabis at the Nov. 21 Regular Board meeting. 
Click here or the image for the presentation.
Link to video of meeting.
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The Village Board discussed Adult-Use Cannabis at the Nov. 7 Regular Board meeting. Click here or the image for the presentation.
Link to video of meeting.

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The Village Board had the opportunity to discuss this item on Thursday, November 7. There was no formal action taken. Click here or the image below to review the agenda item.
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Click here or the image below to see the public comments since the October 3 Workshop to date (as of 11/6/2019)
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Click here
 or the image below to review the presentation from the October 29 Specially Called Meeting

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Click here
 or the image below to review the presentation from the October 3 Workshop

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Click here or the image below to review information, survey results, and public comment provided prior to the Oct. 3 workshop 


Click here
 to review the presentation to the Village Board (Sept. 5)

Click here to read the Village staff memorandums