O'Fallon, Illinois to discuss future of recreational marijuana stores in city

A community development committee will meet tonight to discuss the options.

Brian Kelly
August 12, 2019 - 9:21 am

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O'FALLON, Ill. (KMOX) — While some Illinois cities will warmly welcome cannibas stores when recreational pot becomes legal next year, others are not so sure.

One of those in that second category is the city of O'Fallon, where tonight Aldermen will continue discussing whether they will prohibit pot stores, allow them in certain areas or have citizens weigh in with an advisory referendum.

City Administrator Walter Denton tells KMOX they've spent the last couple of weeks seeking public input.

"(The community development committee) said they were going to go out and talk to folks, maybe knock on some doors, so we'll find out (tonight) what they've learned."

That committee meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the O'Fallon council chambers.

Denton says, while the up to $600,000 in revenue a single store could generate will be a factor in the decision, another factor is whether it's someting O'Fallon wants to be identified with.

You can read the committee's report on recreational cannabis here.