Channahon is the latest area municipality to approve allowing marijuana businesses to operate in town, after the village board approved the measure Monday night. No one has come forward showing interest in setting up a cannabis business yet, according to Village Administrator Thomas Durkin, but staff will begin work on creating pertinent regulations this week.
Durkin expects those ordinances to go before the board in the spring. For the past couple of months, residents have appeared before or written letters to the Channahon village trustees with their opinions on allowing cannabis businesses to operate in town.
Channahon voted last month to tax any future sales of cannabis at three percent, and many residents wanted to see the village capture those dollars that would come from sales. Others did not want the businesses in town.
Trustees’ votes to allow the cannabis businesses in were split 50-50, with Scott McMillin, Patricia Perinar, Chantal Host and Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher voting to allow them. Voting to prohibit them were Mark Scaggs, Scott Slocum and Sam Greco. Cannabis businesses that could be allowed in Channahon include dispensing, cultivating, processing and transportation organizations.
Also at this week’s Channahon village board meeting, police officers John Blough and Dustin Carlson were promoted to patrol sergeants, replacing positions vacated by Sergeants James Pozen and Steve Weiss, who retired last month.