Clark County board delays marijuana vote

AP file photoThe Clark County, Illinois, Board has postponed a vote on exercising its authority to prohibit recreational sales of marijuana under the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. A resolution was on the agenda today for the board’s monthly meeting, but Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has yet to sign the measure,so action was postponed until the board’s July 19 meeting. 

The Clark County,  Illinois, Board has postponed a vote on exercising its authority to prohibit recreational sales of marijuana under the new Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

A resolution was on the agenda today for the board’s monthly meeting. However, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has yet to sign the measure, which passed the General Assembly May 31, so action was postponed until the board’s July  19 meeting.

Pritzker, who supported marijuana legalization during his campaign for office, is expected to sign the bill next week.

The legislation, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, permits local governments to opt out of marijuana sales without losing their share of a new state tax on cannabis.

A local “opt out” resolution for Clark County will not be finalized until after the bill is signed, said board member Jim Bolin, who declined further comment.

Board member Rex Goble recently cited concerns over a potential increase in impaired driving as one reason for considering the ban.

The board did act on two other resolutions that are simply an expression of sentiment.

One opposes any changes to the state’s firearm owners identification card. Many downstate officials object to weapons laws that are supported largely by Chicago area lawmakers.

The other opposes an increase in the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 under legislation passed and signed into law in February. The increase from the current $8.25 per hour will be phased in, beginning with a boost to $9.25 in January.

Dave Taylor can be reached at 812-231-4299 or dave.taylor@tribstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @TribStarDave.

Editor's note: This story and its photo caption was corrected at 12:25 p.m. to correct the date of the next county board meeting, which is July 19.

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