The Galesburg City Council opened the doors to recreational cannabis sales.
The council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve on zoning and taxation standards for the sale of recreational cannabis in the city starting January 1. The city will look to levy the full three percent additional sales tax on recreational sales. That is projected to raise up to $450,000 in new revenue.
The council also unanimously approved an economic development agreement with Nature’s Treatment of Illinois. That company wants to open a recreational cannabis dispensary in a former Aldi grocery store. The agreement reduces their city sales tax by 1.5 percent until 2021.
NTI currently operates a medical dispensary in Milan, near the Quad Cities. Galesburg would be a second dispensary for recreational sales.
The nearest recreational dispensary would be in Canton. Peoria is also considering legalizing recreational sales.