Groups on opposite sides on Marshall marijuana referendum

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MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — On March 17, voters in Marshall will decide if marijuana will be sold legally in their city limits.

In some parts of the city signs are popping up in support of the referendum.

“Now it’s a legal product, so why would we not want it?” said Tim Bloodworth, a Marshall resident.

Others are against the referendum.

“If this things goes through, it’s just going to be a lot of problems because we need to think about our young people,” said Pastor Tim Duke of First Congregational Church.

Bloodworth said he believes passing the referendum could give Marshall a positive financial future.

By voting against it, we aren’t going to have the tax revenue that we could. They’ll be some spin-off tax revenue from the state. But if we had dispensaries right in town there’d be a lot more tax revenue going locally,” he said.

Pastor Duke, along with the Marshall Ministerial Alliance believe it will hurt the city’s future.

“I’d like to see this town come together and do whatever it takes so that we quit passing things and doing things that could cause harm to our people and our young people, especially,” he said.

What the two do agree on is the importance of voters getting out and making the choice.

“The bottom line is I know the people’s going to speak. The vote’s going to be there, but I’m just praying that we rise up and say we’ve got to set the example,” Duke said.

An application has already been submitted for a dispensary location in Marshall if the referendum passes.

There is also a marijuana referendum in Oblong.

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