Years of deliberations will come to a head Tuesday when Wilmette trustees will likely offer direction on whether to allow recreational cannabis sales in the village.
The Village Board is slated to continue discussions on the matter at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, during its regular meeting. The meeting will be held in-person at Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave. and will also be livestreamed on the village’s YouTube channel.
Village officials started their review of adult-use cannabis sales within town limits in the summer of 2019. At that time, trustees prohibited the in-village sale of recreational cannabis prior to the legalization of such sales by the State of Illinois in January 2020.
In the summer of 2020, officials reignited the discussions and ultimately set up an advisory ballot question to collect the community’s opinion on the issue.
The nonbinding advisory referendum, which appeared on local voters’ November ballot, garnered strong support from Wilmette residents with just over 56 percent of residents voting in favor of allowing the sale of cannabis in the village.
Officials have continued to review cannabis sales since the advisory referendum.
Earlier this year, Wilmette trustees held a special meeting where they OK’d the land use