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Facts versus rumors and eliminating misperceptions. Welcome to the City's “Just the Facts’ blog, where we dispel rumors and correct misinformation.

We encourage open and honest discussions about City issues based on the facts. The information presented on the blog is updated as we become aware of rumors or statements that deserve correction or additional facts to provide a more complete understanding of the issue.

This page is intended to present factual information, not to engage in debates regarding personal viewpoints or opinions. If you hear rumors in the community that you believe should be addressed and/or corrected, please contact us.

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Dec 11

Geneva To Permit Adult-Use Cannabis Business Establishments

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 2:30 PM by Kevin Stahr

The City Council voted Dec. 9 to approve permitting cannabis business establishments in Geneva starting next year. This includes cultivation centers; craft growers; as well as processing, infuser, dispensing (medical and recreational), and transportation organizations.

State law allows for the sale, possession, and consumption of recreational cannabis for Illinois adults 21 and older beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The State also issues licenses for all adult-use cannabis business establishments. However, local governments were given various options to regulate cannabis businesses within their community.

So What Does This Mean For Geneva?
The City approved permitting adult-use cannabis businesses subject to compliance with the following:

  • Limiting the number of recreational and medical dispensing establishments to one apiece;
  • Setting maximum hours of operation for dispensaries from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • Establishing a 150-foot separation from the property line of pre-existing schools, daycares and residential properties for craft growers and dispensing organizations; and
  • Businesses receiving a State license to locate in Geneva are considered a Special Use, meaning they must go through the City’s development review process that includes final City Council approval.

What Will Not Be Happening In Geneva
The City will prohibit cannabis cultivation centers, both medical and recreational. The consumption of cannabis or infused products will not be allowed at any cannabis business establishment.

Sales Tax & More Info
In November, the City Council approved an ordinance imposing a 3% municipal cannabis retailers’ occupation tax that will take effect for all sales of cannabis products in Geneva.

For more information, visit the City's FAQs page and online Development Projects Map.