MT. VERNON – The Jefferson County Board passed an ordinance allowing cannabis growing and dispensing facilities in rural parts of the county at a special meeting Monday night.
The board voted 8-3 to allow the facilities, and county board chair Cliff Lindemann said the ordinance gives clarity to the security requirements for the facilities for the safety of all involved.
She added cannabis will be grown in Illinois regardless, and the county wanted to have a way to recoup any costs potentially coming from the new state law.
The Mt. Vernon City Council voted to allow cannabis in city limits late last year, and the Jefferson County Board voted to tax cannabis at the maximum rate of 3.75% earlier this year. There are two planned dispensaries coming to Mt. Vernon, and Lindemann said there is interest in a growing facility coming to a rural part of the county.