Voters say ‘no’ to marijuana in Marshall, Oblong

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CLARK Co., Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, but it most likely won’t be coming to the communities of Marshall or Oblong.

When signed into law, state officials allowed for local jurisdictions to make the decision on if marijuana dispensaries would be allowed.

In November of 2019, Clark County board members voted 6-1 to ban dispensaries within the areas they control; Marshall City Council voted unanimously to place a referendum on the ballot, allowing their residents to make the choice in Tuesday’s primary.

Voters Tuesday were split almost down the middle with 49.44% voting for the measure and 50.56% voting against it.

Mayor John Trefz said the measure will now go back to the council for a vote.

“The council is the determining group,” he said. “They either make the ordinance or don’t pass it, one of the two.”

According to Trefz, the council decided to wait for the election to see what residents wanted.

“Since it’s so close, I’m not sure what will happen as far as which way it will go,” he noted.

According to Marshall City Councilman Warren LeFever, an application had already been submitted for a dispensary location.

Meanwhile in Crawford County, Oblong residents voted in favor of the Village Board of Trustees prohibiting cannabis businesses.

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