(ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL) – The county board voted on September 16 to set tax rates on recreational cannabis sales after all attending board members voted in favor of the ordinance.
According to the ordinances, sales can be taxed up to 3.75% in unincorporated parts of St. Clair County and up to 3% in county municipalities. The taxes will be set in .25% increments.
County Chairman Mark Kern says these taxes will help offset the costs associated with the legalization of cannabis, including potentially helping officers determine whether or not drivers are under the influence of cannabis.
“There’s a lot of costs that we’re not quite aware of yet, but this revenue should help us to offset that… There are… things we would like to do, and our hope is that this revenue would allow us to help out in areas of law enforcement.”Mark Kern, St. Clair County Chairman
St. Clair is the first county in the Metro East to approve recreational cannabis sales and taxation. O’Fallon, a major city in the county has already decided to ban the sale of cannabis.
Recreational cannabis sales become legal January 1, 2020.