LOVES PARK (WREX) — On Monday, Loves Park aldermen voted 7-3 to ban cannabis sales in the city, once the drug is legalized for recreational use in Illinois.
However, the city is taking a "wait and see" approach when it comes to the cost versus reward of allowing sales, according to Mayor Greg Jury.
Jury said the city will revisit its ban on cannabis sales once a dispensary expresses interest in coming to Loves Park.
"That could happen as soon as June or July," Jury said.
In the meantime, Loves Park will monitor surrounding communities like Rockford and South Beloit, which are slated to get recreational cannabis dispensaries after the new year. Jury said it will look at whether public safety is negatively impacted after legalization takes affect and whether those communities will bring in significant revenue.
Cannabis becomes legal for recreational sale in Illinois on Jan. 1. Under Loves Park's ban, businesses won't be able to sell cannabis in city limits. However, residents will be able to possess cannabis and consume it private places.