City leaders discuss possible marijuana business

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PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — City leaders will meet Tuesday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss future and possible marijuana business within city limits.

The long-term planning committee is meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois starting January 1, 2020. Municipalities will be able to add a 3% tax for marijuana sold within city limits. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold acknowledged there are pros and cons that need to be weighed.

“The revenue part of it would be something to look at,” he said. “There’ll be some taxes coming back to the city from that, but then you wonder what it’s going to be like when everybody has the ability to purchase marijuana.”

Ingold said the council hasn’t decided what it wants for Paxton yet, prompting the planning committee’s meeting. Roughly 10 residents attended the meeting. Those who spoke said they were worried that the city would lose out on revenue opportunities. They cited school construction costs and pothole repairs as reasons for allowing sales.

“I would love to see the city of Paxton at least allow the opportunity for someone to try,” one resident said. “If it fails in town, it fails, but I’d love for them to fail just because it didn’t work, rather than fail because we as a town decided to outlaw it.”

Ingold said once the city decides whether to put an ordinance to a vote, it will take roughly a month for that process to wrap up.

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