Macomb approves 3 percent sales tax on marijuana

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — As the Land of Lincoln gets closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, the city of Macomb is moving forward with its discussion.

Macomb City Council unanimously approved a three percent sales tax on cannabis products during Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

“With the census coming in the spring and some enrollment issues at the university, we’re looking for any sources of revenue,” Macomb City Administrator Scott Coker said.

Aldermen still must discuss allowing any dispensary in the city and potential zoning regulations.

“For the most part there’s been very little opposition from citizens at all in this discussion that we’ve had so far,” Coker said.

Officials are unsure how much revenue the city would generate, but said all money would go into the city’s general fund.

Starting on Jan. 1, adults 21 and older will be allowed to purchase and possess up to one ounce (30 grams) at a time.

Illinois is the 11th state to legalize marijuana.