Maneuvering Through Marijuana Friendly Municipalities in Illinois: Where You Can Find Recreational Cannabis in IL (and Where You Can’t)

Exciting times are ahead for the state of Illinois, as recreational cannabis sales will officially begin at the beginning of the New Year. Illinois was the first state to legalize adult use recreational cannabis through their legislature—a historic day for the state’s government.

The State Left It Up to Communities Whether or Not to Permit Pot Sales

However, not all municipalities were quite as excited about recreational cannabis coming into their towns. Despite statewide cannabis legalization, the IL state government left it up to the individual cities, towns and municipalities to decide if they will permit sales.1 As a result, some communities went so far as to ban sales of recreational cannabis in their municipalities outright.2 This article will explore where you can find recreational cannabis in IL and where you can’t.

 

Here Are The Communities That Have Banned Recreational Cannabis Sales

The following communities have banned recreational cannabis sales (click on municipality name to read the corresponding news article, where available, regarding their decision to ban cannabis sales):

Arlington Heights

Bolingbrook

Coal Valley

Chatham

Decatur

Downers Grove

DuPage County: Cannabis dispensaries will not be allowed in unincorporated areas of the county. The rest of the county will tax and regulate recreational cannabis for adults.

Elmhurst

Forsyth

Glen Carbon

Grayslake

Highland Park: The council voted not to even hold a public hearing, which means no cannabis sales will be allowed in the city on Jan. 1.

Lake Forest

Lake Zurich

Libertyville

Lisle

Long Grove

Marion

Mokena

Morton

Murphysboro

Naperville

O’Fallon

Orland Park

Park Ridge

Plainfield

Wheaton

Winnetka: City officials decided not to ban cannabis sales until zoning codes can be updated. It is unclear when that will take place.

 

Illinois Communities That Will Allow Recreational Cannabis Sale in 2020

The following communities have decided to embrace the end of statewide cannabis prohibition and will have recreational cannabis available for sale in 2020:

Aurora: 4 dispensaries have been approved by the city of Aurora.

Buffalo Grove: 2 dispensaries have been approved but come with heavy restrictions. Consumptoin will not be allowed on the premises at these locations.

Carbondale

Carol Stream

Chicago

MedMar
3812 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613

Dispensary33
5001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

Maribis of Chicago
4570 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

Collinsville

Crystal Lake: Business may not grow cannabis but sales are allowed.

Danville

Darien

East Moline

East Peoria

Edwardsville: With the vote to sell recreational cannabis tied 4-4, Edwardsville will sell adult use recreational cannabis in the New Year!

Effingham County

Elburn

Evanston

Galesburg

Joliet

Lombard

Marion

Moline

Mundelein

Mount Prospect

Mount Vernon

North Aurora

Northbrook

Oak Park

Ottowa

Riverside

Rock Island

Romeoville

Schaumburg

Springfield

St. Charles

Urbana

Waukegan

West Dundee

Worth

Zion

Recent Additions:

NORTH SUBURBS

PDI Medical Dispensary
1623 Barclay Boulevard
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

The Clinic Mundelein
1325 Armour Boulevard
Mundelein, IL 60060

WEST SUBURBS

FloraMedex
7953 West Grand Avenue
Elmwood park, IL 60707

3C Compassionate Care Center – Naperville
1700 Quincy Ave #103
Naperville, Il 60431

SOUTH SUBURBS

3C Compassionate Care Center – Joliet
1627 Rock Creek Boulevard
Joliet, IL 60431

GREATER ILLINOIS

Salveo Health & Wellness Dispensary
3104 North Main Street
Canton, IL 61520

Phoenix Botanical Dispensary
1704 South Neil Street C
Champaign, IL 61820

The Clinic Effingham
1101 Ford Avenue Suite C
Effingham, IL 62401

Maribis of Springfield
2272 North Grand Avenue East
Grandview, IL 62702

MedMar
2696 McFarland Road
Rockford, IL 61107

Mapleglen Care Center
4777 Stenstrom Road
Rockford, IL 61109

 

 

References

  1. Illinois Weed Legalization Guide: Will your city or town sell marijuana? | abc7chicago.com. https://abc7chicago.com/business/will-your-city-or-town-sell-recreational-marijuana/5553943/.
  2. Where you can and can’t buy recreational marijuana in Illinois. Illinois Policy https://www.illinoispolicy.org/where-you-can-and-cant-buy-recreational-marijuana-in-illinois/ (2019).

Author: Gaurav Dubey

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