Rock Island crafting cannabis ordinance

City leaders are preparing for recreational marijuana sales. 

Rock Island City Council members held a planning session Monday night to discuss drafting an ordinance and zoning regulations in anticipation of the Jan. 1 legalization date. 

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Illinois when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law June 25, making it the 11th state to make pot legal. The legislation will allow anyone 21 and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis or 500 milligrams of THC in products, including edibles.

Rock Island Planning and Redevelopment Administrator Miles Brainard walked aldermen through the Illinois Cannabis Regulation Tax Act.

“This is a long piece of legislation,” Brainard said. “Basically, the state government will oversee all of the licensing and almost all of the regulations. It leaves municipalities with one thing they can control, and that

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