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Sycamore City Council to discuss pot, building codes at meeting Monday

Council to begin discussion on dispensaries in town

Sycamore City Council will vote on updated building codes Monday. The 2015 International Code would bring the city in line with the standards adopted by the city of DeKalb and DeKalb County.
Sycamore City Council will vote on updated building codes Monday. The 2015 International Code would bring the city in line with the standards adopted by the city of DeKalb and DeKalb County.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore city administration is asking the Sycamore City Council to begin discussing whether the city will allow recreational marijuana dispensaries within the city.

The agenda for Monday’s council meeting includes a consideration to begin a discussion on how the city will respond to the legalization of recreational marijuana, which goes into effect in Illinois on Jan. 1.

“The first question communities need to answer is whether or not to allow recreational cannabis dispensaries within corporate limits,” according to city documents. “Illinois municipalities may prohibit cannabis business establishments from location in their jurisdiction by adoption of a local ordinance.”

Neighboring city of DeKalb already has begun the discussion, and the DeKalb City Council has expressed some support for allowing the businesses to open up in town.

Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said the item on Monday’s agenda is for information purposes only, and there will be no action taken or decisions made. He said city staff members also are recommending a public hearing take place before the council make any decisions.

The city does not have the authority to totally ban the use of recreational marijuana under the law, but it can place restrictions on when and where it can be used. It is banned in public places, for example.

The city would have the authority to determine where, through zoning, a business can move in, if at all. It also would be able to tax sales of recreational marijuana within the city up to 3% of sales. State sales tax and the Sycamore home rule sales tax of 1.5% also would apply, according to city documents. City documents estimate between $57,500 to $575,000 a year in revenue, depending on the sales estimate used.

“The state will also derive revenues from state taxes and license fees imposed on cannabis business establishments, with a portion of those proceeds distributed to local governments,” according to city documents.

Even if the council decides to allow a dispensary within the city, the state only is issuing 75 licenses.

Building codes

The council also will consider an ordinance updating the city building codes. The city of Sycamore is looking to adopt the 2015 International Building Code. The city of DeKalb and DeKalb County already have adopted the 2015 code.

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