Elmhurst is starting the procedure to opt out of recreational marijuana sales when Illinois state law alterations on Jan. 1.

Aldermen voted Monday to move forward with preparations to exempt Elmhurst from the state legislation and ban such sales.

Alderman Michael Honquest, chairman of the council’s improvement, arranging and zoning committee, listed 3 causes for opposing marijuana dispensaries.

Initially, he mentioned the law is “confusing and poorly written,” with the state currently arranging to bring it back for rewrites throughout veto session.

Second, he cited the committee’s issues about the all-money nature of cannabis shops. (Since marijuana sales are nevertheless illegal beneath federal law, the enterprises generally can’t use the banking technique.)

Third, he mentioned the majority of residents in his ward and all through the city look to oppose such sales.

Alderman Scott Levin mentioned he does not share issues more than the law’s language or the all-money nature of the enterprises. But he mentioned the city really should opt out simply because of the general lack of assistance for cannabis sales in the city.

“It is not what Elmhurst desires,” Levin mentioned, comparing the move to the city’s choice to ban video gambling.

Bill Perry, an Elmhurst resident who has spoken in favor of bringing a dispensary to town throughout prior committee meetings, spoke throughout the public forum.

“I am not naive I do not count on this council to approve a dispensary in Elmhurst … but I like tilting at windmills, so right here I go,” he mentioned.

He referred to as the city’s opposition “unreasonable.”

The argument that marijuana is a poor match does not make sense in light of the city’s vape shops, cigar shops and bars.

“The dispensary is going to match appropriate in,” Perry mentioned. “And then you can go to the ice cream shop and the candy shop and the restaurants.”

Alderman Mark Mulliner mentioned the subsequent actions will call for quite a few amendments to the city’s zoning ordinances.

Various alderman mentioned the problem could be revisited.

“We do not have to be initial in,” Levin mentioned. “Instances might transform, but right here we are in 2019, and this is not what I am hearing from people today in the city of Elmhurst.”

Aldermen Noel Talluto and Jim Kennedy have been absent all other individuals voted to approve the resolution