photo from SPY and previous used photo of Balkema

Our sister station WCSJ reports that the Grundy County Board on Tuesday discussed the future of recreational cannabis becoming law in Illinois.

Like other municipalities and counties around the WSPY listening area, Board Chairman Chris Balkema said they will have to consider several issues before the law begins on January 1st.

Grundy County Land Use Director Heidi Miller recently attended a seminar in Springfield regarding several topics about the upcoming new law and then updated the board about what she heard.

Miller also said there were concerns shared about drivers operating under the influence of cannabis. 

She also had this to say.

House Bill 1438 allows adults to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for recreational use and it would be taxed based on how much THC is in the product. Only those with a medical marijuana card could grow their own plants at home.

Twenty percent of the revenue from recreational cannabis will go to mental health and substance abuse services. Miller said discussions regarding the cannabis legislation will begin at the Land Use Committee meeting later this month.

Additionally, our sister station WLBK reports that the DeKalb City Council is welcoming recreational marijuana with open arms.

Mayor Jerry Smith is directing city staff to move forward on allowing recreational marijuana and to even try to get ahead of other cities doing the same.

The direction came after aldermen raised no objections this week to allowing recreational marijuana businesses to open in the city after pot becomes legal in Illinois next year.