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Several communities, including Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Plainfield and Wilmington, have already elected to opt out of allowing recreational marijuana establishments.
Officials in these communities argued they simply didn’t want recreational marijuana businesses.
“We just don’t want it here,” Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer said. “There’s no reason for us to have it.”
Others argued they wanted to take a more cautious approach, especially considering there was further legislation coming from the state government to address concerns like public use and enforcement.
“I don’t know why I would want to be in a hurry to jump into something when the state itself has said, ‘Yeah, we passed the law, and we know there are a lot of unanswered questions – we’ll get to that later,’ ” New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said. “I’d rather wait for later.”
When the Bolingbrook Village Board opted out of allowing recreational businesses at its Aug. 13 meeting, Mayor Roger Claar defended the decision on principle.
“I philosophically have a real problem with governments which have turned to drugs and gambling to balance their budgets,” Claar said during the meeting.