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City Council approves recreational cannabis tax

Ordinance is not the go ahead for recreational sales

The city of Morris has yet to decide if recreational cannabis sales will be legal in city limits, but those sales will be taxed at 3% should that happen.
The city of Morris has yet to decide if recreational cannabis sales will be legal in city limits, but those sales will be taxed at 3% should that happen.

The Morris City Council passed an ordinance this week aimed at taxing recreational use cannabis when it becomes legal in Illinois next year.

However, the vote is only one step in the process of how local authorities will handle adult-use pot once it’s legalized. The vote is not yet the city’s stamp of approval on cannabis sales.

On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved a 3% tax on the gross receipts of recreational cannabis sold within the city limits. However, the city has yet to discuss, let alone pass, any local legislation even allowing those sales.

“This does not mean that we are [allowing] retail sales at this time at all,” Mayor Richard Kopczick said during Tuesday’s meeting. “What it means is that in order to be able to take the opportunity to receive the 3%, if the city does choose to allow retail sales, this document has to be certified and gotten down to the department of revenue before the 30th of this month.”

Kopczick said that if the city eventually makes the decision to allow retail sales, the ordinance clears the way to collect taxes.

“If this is not on the books, you have to wait to September of next year to start receiving the tax,” he said.

The 3% local sales tax is the highest allowed by the state. Adult recreational use of cannabis becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. The ordinance would take effect on that day.

Local taxing bodies are required by the new law to adopt a local tax ordinance by Sept. 30 of this year in order to be able to collect that tax come January.

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