Maywood Looking To Establish Cigar, Hookah And Cannabis Commission

Saturday, October 8, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Photo by Wesley Balten on Unsplash

During a Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 4, Maywood Mayor Nathaniel George Booker said that the commission would regulate businesses seeking licenses to operate cigar, hookah and cannabis shops in much the same way that the liquor commission regulates the issuance of liquor licenses.

The mayor said village staffers are working on drafting a map that would spell out where such establishments are allowed to operate in Maywood. He said the draft map will also go before different board committees for their review, as well.

Angela Smith, the village’s community development director, said she’d like tobacco to be included in the commission’s purview.

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“We see a lot of licenses and we don’t have the ordinance behind us to really look at these places and really come up with a plan for how they’re operating in our community,” Smith said.

Smith said that currently “our hands are tied” and if “someone comes in [wanting to establish a tobacco] smoke shop, there’s not a lot we can do. At this point, there can be five smoke shops on one block and there’s nothing we can do to stop that.”

For instance, a new commission regulating cigar, hookah, cannabis and tobacco establishments will allow staffers to conduct background checks before issuing licenses, she said.

“[This is] a commission that other communities have established, we’re just trying to catch up,” said Mayor Booker.

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