The Round Lake Beach Village Board has approved the sale of legal recreational marijuana within its confines.
While it could be months before any plan for dispensaries is approved, the Daily Herald reports the village's zoning ordinance outlines that marijuana shops be at least 250 feet from schools and other designated properties and requires that owners obtain a special-use permit.
The statewide Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, allowing for the “cultivation, sale, possession and consumption of marijuana for recreational use by those 21 and older” kicks into gear on Jan. 1, though communities can ban or regulate cannabis-related businesses within their jurisdictions.
The board’s actions follow a pair of recent public hearings before the advisory planning and zoning commission, which has recommended approval. Overall, there are currently more communities in Lake County standing in opposition of the new law than in support.
In supporting the legislation, Round Lake Beach joins Fox Lake, which earlier this month signed on to allow cannabis-related businesses.