Village Board Unanimously Bans Marijuana

Village Board Votes Unanimously to Ban Sales of Marijuana within Village Limits
Posted on 10/14/2019

Village Board Votes Unanimously to Ban Sales of Marijuana within Village Limits

Orland Park, IL (October 11, 2019)-
Citing the importance of sustaining Orland Park’s family values and public safety, the Orland Park Village Board voted unanimously on Monday, October 7 to approve an ordinance prohibiting the sale of cannabis in Orland Park business establishments.

On June 25, 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law House Bill 1438, which will make legal statewide the consumption of marijuana for nonmedicinal purposes. Legal sales will begin Jan. 1, 2020.

In anticipation of the new law and its many implications, the Orland Park Village Board approved an ordinance prohibiting businesses selling marijuana to operate within village limits.

“I’m against legalizing it (marijuana) and always have been. Drug use has and continues to damage our society. In my opinion we don’t need another mind altering drug,” stated Mayor Keith Pekau.

“I don’t see any benefits to legalizing recreational marijuana. Tax money is always less than expected and the social costs will be higher than the revenue generated,” said Pekau.

“Another thing that should be noted is now that it is corporately run, the potency is now nine times more than it was 30 to 40 years ago and the edibles are 30 times the potency from 30-40 years ago, which is another problem,” stated

Pekau. “But, if at any time the board wants to revisit it, I’m willing to listen but unlikely to change my position.”

Illinois is the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana, and the second in the Midwest. Illinois is the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana via the legislative process rather than through a ballot initiative.

“We are a family-friendly community, we want to attract young families,” said Development Services Chairman Trustee William Healy. “We have great pride in our police department and they recommend against it but we will be sure to look at the medical marijuana issue down the road.”

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy cited statistics to voice his opinion on the matter. “The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) opposed recreational marijuana for a variety of reasons,” said McCarthy.

The ILACP took into consideration data received from Colorado, where recreational and medical marijuana sales are legal. Information obtained revealed negative impacts such as increased accidents and increases in poison center marijuana exposures to children. In addition, hospitalizations doubled in numbers and traffic fatalities increased.

The death rate due drivers impaired by use of marijuana increased from 78 in 2012 to 147 in 2016.

“We (ILACP) opposed it then, and thus, from a professional standpoint, I’d be inconsistent to say it’s a good idea to allow it here,” explained McCarthy.

McCarthy recalled an incident where two officers were injured in a marijuana- related crash wherein one officer was able to return to duty after months off to recover and another who will likely not be able to serve due to his injuries sustained. “This of course is a tragic example of what can occur, but an example nonetheless of the issue that we have regarding impaired driving.”

Ordinance 5436, an ordinance creating a new Chapter 21 prohibition of cannabis business establishments of Title 7 business and license of the Orland Park Village Code, was passed unanimously by the board.

For more information about the ordinance or any Orland Park village code, please visit or call Development Services at 708/403-5300.