MAPLE PARK – Jen Ward doesn’t want the village of Maple Park to essentially be a thoroughfare for those looking to purchase recreational marijuana beginning next year.
The Maple Park trustee simply wants the sale of it within the village to be considered carefully.
“There are a couple of things to be mindful of and one of them is the sales tax that we would get as a village and if surrounding communities are going to have these businesses, we’re going to be a thoroughfare,” she said. “We should consider capturing some of that revenue. I know Elburn is already considering a dispensary. Our limits are the size of the village and existing parks and churches and zoning. So we’re pretty limited already, but we should stay open-minded. I don’t want to end up being the stop between the surrounding communities that embrace it.”
It looks like some neighbors already have. In Elburn, individuals have begun filing the necessary paperwork to apply for a license, while in Sycamore’s planning commission signed off on a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in March.
“I’m very much for business; however, smart, sensible, welcoming businesses are the best for the village,” Trustee Christian Redbone said. “It’s cause for us to take a great look and a little more depth. I don’t think it would be a bad idea to start discussing residential conflicts and issues and grounds (the police) chief and his staff will face once this becomes effective.”
The new law allows those 21 and older to possess cannabis and purchase cannabis products in licensed stores beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. Possession is limited to 30 grams (1 ounce) of raw product, cannabis-infused product or products containing no more than 500 mg of THC and five grams of concentrated cannabis.
Trustee J.P. Dries voiced his