A short discussion was held Monday night among the Metropolis City Council concerning the recent passage of House Bill 1438 legalizing recreational marijuana. Rick Abell, corporate counsel for the city, has began reading the entire bill, but has only made it through about 60 of the 500+ pages. He will have more information to share with the council in the coming weeks.

Things Abell does know is that the city of can't overstep the ruling of the state and ban marijuana from the city. There will be five types of licenses available - dispensary, processor, transporter, craft grower and cultivation center. Current medical marijuana dispensaries will start selling marijuana at retail first, while an additional 40 licenses are being reviewed.

A person will now be able to possess up to 30 grams legally. Those incarcerated with charges of 30 grams or less are expected to be expunged. Public use will be prohibited though.

Abell recommends the council to be making decisions regarding allowing dispensaries by September, before Jan. 1, 2020 when the drug becomes legal.

In other business, the council

n Approved a motion to accept services from Frick, Eggemeyer & Williamson for the annual audit in the amount of $40,000 and $1000 for the preparation of the Management Discussion's and Analysis, Annual Financial Report and GATA submission.

n Approved a motion for Sgt. Rickey Griffey and Det. Jim Corry to attend the annual Illinois Homicide Investigators/Crime Scene Conference in the amount of $3450.

At its May 28 meeting, which was held on a Tuesday due to the Memorial Day holiday, the council:

n Approved a motion to provide $23,000 to the 2019-20 after school program.

n And, approved a request for $150,000 from the Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitor's Bureau. This is the bureau's third installment for 2019.

Council members were reminded of the National Championship Archery tournament to be held at Mermet Lake July 10-13, the Superman Classic Archery Tournament also held at Mermet July 29-31, and the ASA tournament to be held at Mermet Lake and Fort Massac State Park Aug. 1-4.

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