One year after it rejected the sale of recreational marijuana within the village, the Mount Prospect village board voted Tuesday to opt in and allow its medical dispensary to sell recreational pot at its current location.
New Age Care, 2015 E. Euclid Ave., already has a recreational license, but it could not sell it because the village in December 2019 banned sales in town.
In reversing that decision Tuesday, trustees said they were listening to the voters, who expressed their support for the sale of recreational pot in a November advisory referendum.
“Granted it’s an advisory referendum, but as I look at it, don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer,” said Trustee Paul Hoefert, who voted to opt out last year but suggested the advisory referendum this year. “So we asked. Our citizens, our voters, responded. And in my book, this is a done deal. We had to listen. Otherwise, we shouldn’t have asked.”
In addition to allowing the use, the board voted in favor of a 3% cannabis retailers occupation tax. The money will be used for capital projects, law enforcement training related to drug interdiction and addiction programs, abatements to the property tax for public safety pensions, additional law enforcement and public safety staffing, and human services programs.
The only trustee to vote no was Richard Rogers.
“I just can’t see how we can approve this cannabis vote when we’re telling our children, ‘Don’t use drugs,'” he said. ” … This cannabis is a gateway drug into higher drugs.”