Morton Village Attorney says cannabis business ban is driven by the electorate

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MORTON, Ill. — Morton Village Attorney Pat McGrath says he worked with the mayor to prepare the ordinance that bans cannabis businesses in the municipality. McGrath says the decision was driven by the electorate.

The Village board voted unanimously 6-0 Monday to approve the ordinance.

The ban includes dispensaries, craft growers, transportation organizations, and cultivation centers.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill last month that allows recreational sales, and also allows municipalities to implement their own bans on sales and manufactures.

The ban means the Village will lose out on potential taxes.

“Certainly, the Village is losing an opportunity to impose taxes. Also, real estate based taxes would be lost to the extent that there would be new development for cannabis businesses in town,” said McGrath.

McGrath says that he believes the mayor has weighed the costs and benefits of the cannabis business.

He also thinks Morton is the first in the state of implement this kind of ban.

“The authority to prohibit cannabis based businesses within the Village only existed when Governor Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. So it’s a very new authority, and I believe Morton to be the first municipality in the state to have adopted an ordinance of this nature,” said McGrath.

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