Morrison will vote Friday on recreational marijuana tax

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MORRISON – The city will hold a special council meeting Friday to establish its recreational marijuana tax, just a few days before the Oct. 1 deadline to do so.

Municipalities must submit an ordinance by then in order to be able to collect a tax from recreational sales. The city is proposing a 3 percent tax.

For now, the move is purely procedural.

“We’re doing this action because there’s a deadline – it doesn’t mean we’re going to adopt an ordinance [to allow] sales,” City Administrator Barry Dykhuizen said.

Morrison has taken a more relaxed approach to how it wants to handle recreational marijuana, Dykhuizen said, noting that the city is “just 12 miles up the road from the only dispensary in Whiteside County,” The Dispensary in Fulton.

Medical marijuana dispensaries will be the only legal sellers of marijuana for recreational use at first, but by mid-2020, the state is expected grant additional licenses.

Under the current law, cities can implement a local tax of up to 3 percent that will take effect Sept. 1. The Illinois Municipal League has requested a legislative amendment that would move up that date to coincide with the Jan. 1 legalization of possession and sales.

The city also is holding a public hearing Oct. 15 to get community feedback on recreational marijuana.

TO ATTEND

Morrison City Council meets 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the Whiteside County Board Room, 400 N. Cherry St.

A hearing to gather public comment on recreational marijuana begins at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Community Room at 400 N. Cherry.

Go to morrisonil.org for agendas and more information.



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