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Quincy discusses changing city code for recreational marijuana

The City of Quincy is clearing up language in several of their ordinances related to recreational marijuana.

This comes a little more than a month until the state legalizes the sale of recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, aldermen heard a first reading of several ordinances surrounding minors in possession, the sale to minors, use of recreational cannabis in public places and the issue of open containers and paraphernalia in vehicles.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says the city ordinances as they stand now, makes it illegal for anyone to possess cannabis but come the first of the year that will not be in accordance with state law.

So, the city council needs to adopt new procedures.

“Probably the biggest issue and most important reason to have this ordinance is with it being legal for adults, it’s going to make it more readily accessible to minors,” said Copley. “We really want to do our due diligence to keep it out of the hands of minors the best we can. That’s why we need to have this tool to use in city court.”

Come January 1, it will still be illegal for minors to buy it or be in possession of cannabis. Chief Copley says the use of recreational cannabis will not be allowed in public places. If an adult were to buy recreational marijuana it has to be in a concealed container in your vehicle or in the trunk. Drug paraphernalia for cannabis will also be allowed.

Adults in Illinois can only have the allowed amount set by the state, which is up to 30 grams or about one ounce of marijuana plant material. Non-residents will be able to purchase half those amounts.

Copley says his department is also concerned about illegal sales, bootleg dope as he puts it, because of the tax dollars associated with it when bought at a dispensary.

The city council has to hear the ordinances two more times before officially signing off on it.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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