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URBANA — The city council and Mayor Diane Marlin want to hear from residents about whether they want recreational-marijuana sales permitted in Urbana.

Public comments on this issue will be heard immediately after the next council meeting, set for 7 p.m. Monday.

Recreational-marijuana sales become legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.

Local governments can’t prohibit the use of recreational marijuana, but they can ban sales within their boundaries, regulate locations and impose a tax up to 3 percent in addition to sales taxes.

Projected revenues for cities permitting recreational-marijuana sales could be in the range of $150,000 to $300,000 from the cannabis excise tax and $125,000 to $250,000 from additional sales taxes — money that could help fill Urbana’s budget gap and preserve services, according to an announcement from the mayor’s office.

NuMed, a licensed medical-cannabis dispensary in Urbana, will be permitted to sell recreational marijuana Jan. 1 if the city doesn’t take steps to prohibit that, according to the announcement.

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Debra Pressey is a reporter covering health care at The News-Gazette. Her email is dpressey@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@DLPressey).