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Bureau County puts moratorium on recreational cannabis

Prohibition onlys impacts county's unincorporated areas

PRINCETON — Bureau County Board is putting a one-year hold on allowing recreational cannabis sales or cultivation/infuser centers in unincorporated areas of the county.

The board on Tuesday, Sept. 8, approved a moratorium on recreational cannabis to do a study that would tell whether or not allowing cannabis centers would be beneficial for the county.

Bureau County State’s Attorney Geno Caffarini said in order for the county to "opt in" to allowing recreational cannabis it would have to amend its zoning laws and ordinances. After the study is completed, the county will vote on whether to "opt in" or "opt out" of allowing recreational cannabis in unincorporated areas of the county.

In February, the board voted in favor of imposing a 3% tax on gross receipts at a retail shop within any municipality in Bureau County and a 3.75% tax on gross receipts at a retail shop in any unincorporated areas of Bureau County.

There are currently no businesses selling recreational cannabis in Bureau County.

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