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8/20 - Local Responses to Recreational Cannabis

Local governments in Illinois and Wisconsin are responding to the legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois. Share your questions and experiences with this ILCMA & WCMA panel, as they review how Illinois local governments regulate and tax cannabis businesses and use cannabis tax revenue. Discuss local enforcement strategies for illegal cannabis activity, from underage possession to unauthorized home grow. Understand how local government employers are balancing drug-free workplace policies with new employee rights to use lawful products outside of work in Illinois. And finally, learn how neighboring states are responding to “cannabis tourism,” and how local governments can prepare for possible cannabis legalization in Wisconsin.

Learning objectives:

  • Take home various local approaches to tax and regulate Illinois cannabis businesses, from prohibitions to zoning and other ordinances governing time, place, manner, and number

  • Review enforcement strategies for illegal use and possession of cannabis through local adjudications and circuit court

  • Learn to implement appropriate employment policies and employee protections for cannabis use during non-call and non-working hours in Illinois

  • Evaluate how Wisconsin local governments can respond to the out-of-state impacts of cannabis legalization in Illinois

Date & Time

Thursday, August 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Dan Bolin, Partner, Ancel Glink, P.C.

Timothy Denton, Chief of Police, Village of Worth, Illinois

Kimberly Richardson, Acting Assistant City Manager, City of Evanston, Illinois

Hosted by:

The Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) and Wisconsin City/County Managers Association (WCMA)

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