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La Salle has tax ready for potential cannabis retailers

If a cannabis retailer opens in downtown La Salle, the city will be ready from a tax standpoint.

The council on Monday adopted an ordinance creating a municipal cannabis retailers’ occupation tax and related matters. Where some professions pay licensing fees for Springfield to patrol them (lawyers, doctors, etc.), marijuana customers will pay a tax so the trade can be regulated.

The vote was 7-1, with Lavieri voting no. Lavieri said cannabis remains prohibited by the federal government, exposing the city to potential problems unless and until Uncle Sam recognizes Illinois law legalizing recreational use.

Alderman Tom Ptak was among the majority and stated openly he hopes “we get lucky enough to get a dispensary.”

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