SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. (WIFR) – In just a few months marijuana is set to be legal in Illinois and South Beloit leaders look to add its first cannabis dispensary.
“Everybody wants to smoke and eat edibles and do the whole nine yards,” said Tracy Rollette, Manager at Dari Ripple.
Rollette says adding a marijuana dispensary in South Beloit could help business.
“If it’s out on 39 they are going to come from Beloit right here to go to garden street and out,” Rollette said.
This will also provide the city with much-needed revenue.
” I know we have some plumbing issues that are under the roads,” Rollette said.
South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl says the city could tax 3% for cannabis sales.
“We have our share of roads in disrepair. We would like to spend a significant amount on that itself,” Rehl said.
Rehl says a marijuana company called MedMar is interested in building a store in the city because of its location.
“It’s right on the Stateline, so the population that would take advantage of marijuana sales is far expanded,” Rehl said.
South Beloit Police Chief Adam Truman is concerned how his department will monitor those who leave Illinois and bring marijuana right here to Wisconsin.
“I also worry about people abusing marijuana just as some abuse alcohol,” Truman said.
Which is why Truman says training will be the most important part.
“How to detect people that are driving impaired, maybe their initial observations if their driving practices or they still could do a couple of sobriety test,” Truman said.
“The potential for this economically is remarkable,” Rehl said.
23 News did reach out to MedMar but they did not want to comment.