DUBUQUE, Iowa. (KWWL) — Recreational marijuana will soon move closer to Iowa, but the law stops it at the border.
Marijuana’s illegal in Iowa — but just a stone’s throw away from Dubuque, Iowa, a marijuana dispensary is set to open fifteen minutes away from the state line, in Galena, Illinois.
The state began legal recreational marijuana sales January 1st of last year.
Dubuque Police say: just because it will soon be easier to cross over into Illinois for pot, doesn’t make it any more legal to do so.
“It’s a unique situation when you look at where we’re located right on the river. One bridge we’re going over to Wisconsin, another to Illinois. An Iowa resident can drive 15 minutes over to Galena and purchase marijuana, makes it a little more unique than say being in the middle of the state,” Lt. Ted McClimon said.
McClimon says it’s too early to predict the impact of the dispensary upon law enforcement, adding that if changes need to be made, the force will adapt.
“There’s always the possibility that, being more available to legally purchase it in Illinois, that there could be more people in possession of it or illegal activity with it. But that’s you know, it’s hard to say, hard to gauge. We don’t know how busy it’s going to be, how popular their establishment is going to be over there,” Lt. McClimon said.
“If it were to become an issue, if we were to see an increase, or hear of different things, than that’s something that we would adjust to and deal wIth accordingly.”
Marijuana made the priorities list for Dubuque’s City Council this year.
The council voted unanimously to ask state lawmakers to bring it up in the 2021 legislative session.