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City of Pittsfield weighs options for cannabis-related retail store

The city of Pittsfield is weighing its options when it comes to to making money off of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois, come January.

Pittsfield Mayor John Hayden said they’re in the early stage of discussing if they will allow cannabis-related businesses to open in town.

However, he said they plan to pass an ordinance next Tuesday that said they intend to collect a three percent sales tax, if they decide to go through with retail stores.

He said there are some concerns.

“We’re hearing that you can’t say how many there can be,” Hayden said. “We haven’t gotten full clarification. But we can tell you what zoning we’d allow you to have it. We’ve heard it’s a pretty expensive permit to get from the state, so we might not have somebody who wants to commit that money to a small community.”

For retail stores, he said they will continue to educate themselves and make a decision later.

If they move forward with it, he said they haven’t decided where the tax collected will go, but says infrastructure is top of mind.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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