Cook County OKs 3% Tax On Recreational Weed

Craig Dellimore
January 16, 2020 - 6:01 pm
Toni Precwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle (WBBM Newsradio)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Cook County Board on Thursday approved a new cannabis tax and a new direction for the Cook County Health system.

Without any debate, and with four members voting “present,” the board approved a 3% tax on now-legal recreational marijuana, but Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the County won’t see much revenue anytime soon.

The finance team estimates the take will be less than $1 million this year.

Preckwinkle—who doesn’t smoke, drink or have any interest in pot—says what heartens her about legalization is rolling back penalties for African-Americans and Latinos arrested in low level marijuana cases.

On another matter, Preckwinkle and her allies introduced their plan for her office to have more of a say in the County’s health and hospital system. She says that comes after the now-independent hospital board let CEO Jay Shannon go.

She rejected suggestions that her bid for more oversight is a “power grab.”