Paris City Council approves marijuana tax ordinance

PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Monday, Paris officials approves an ordinance regarding taxes if a marijuana dispensary were to come to the city.

Before the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois, some local cities took action on ordinances regarding dispensaries in their city.

One of those that did not is the City of Paris.

“We didn’t take any pro or con position at all on behalf of the city. We just acknowledged that it’s a state law,” said Mayor Craig Smith, City of Paris.

By not taking action, Smith says Paris is not able to ban dispensaries should someone apply for one in the city.

“I don’t anybody has filed for an application in Edgar County or the City of Paris but we’re not precluding them from doing so,” Smith said.

With Paris officials using Illinois state law as their guidelines, Monday, the Paris City Council voted on an ordinance to ensure the city could be reimbursed for sales tax on marijuana, if a dispensary ever comes to the city.

“Now if anybody files an application in the state of Illinois and is able to sell anywhere within the city or within Edgar county, we have now passed the resolution that allows the city to participate in sales tax reimbursement,” Smith said.

Smith says so far, he believes legalization of marijuana has been handled correctly in the state of Illinois.

“I think the state of Illinois has done a very good job of doing background to see why they want to do it, if it’s a good idea. We’ve had medical marijuana for some time in Illinois and that has not been an issue at all,” Smith said.

Smith says leading up to Monday’s vote, he had not heard much negative or positive responses about the sale of marijuana in Paris.

During Monday’s meeting, no one from the public commented on the tax ordinance.

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