Though marijuana was officially legalized in Illinois effective at the start of the year, Okawville will not be home to any cannabis businesses.
The Okawville Village Board passed Ordinance No. 572 prohibiting cannabis establishments in the village at the regular meeting last Monday night.
The measure passed just two days before Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Adults over the age of 21 will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams, or approximately one ounce, of marijuana.
As of January 1, 2020, only existing medical marijuana dispensaries are legally allowed to sell cannabis products. The state will issue new dispensary licenses beginning May 1, but none will be in Okawville.
Board members noted that the issue could be revisited in a year.
Read full board meeting details in this week’s issue.