With Illinois’s medical marijuana law (the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act) scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014, the state’s regulating agencies, cities, and counties are working to define how the new market will operate.
Illinois will soon be facing the growing pains that come with legalizing a previously illegal substance: dealing with employee rights, marijuana business owners looking to push the boundaries of the law, and cities figuring out how to regulate MMJ businesses.
The city of Naperville has been debating whether to allow dispensaries to offer drive-thru windows. Drive-thrus are convenient and they should not interfere with ensuring that transactions are undertaken with actual medical cannabis patients. Regular pharmacies have been doling out far more dangerous substances than marijuana for years via their drive-thrus.
The City of Naperville deserves credit for letting logic rule the day with respect to cannabis drive-thrus. By an 8-0 vote, the City Council voted to allow cannabis drive-thru windows in appropriate retail areas. The regulations are not perfect, but it is refreshing to see a city attack an issue like this head on, rather than enact infinite rounds of moratoria, as many cities in other states have done.
Naperville is an outlier on this issue as no other Illinois City has passed a similar ordinance. The difference in city laws on cannabis highlights why we urge those looking to apply for a marijuana license in Illinois to make sure that the plans you have for your cannabis business comply with the local laws in the city and county in which you will be locating.