Marshall residents weigh in ahead of public forum on possible marijuana sales

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MARSHALL Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Now that recreational marijuana will soon be legal in the state of Illinois, the City of Marshall is asking the public’s opinion on if it should be sold within their city.

“If Marshall passes on this, people are going to drive right down I-70 to Fffingham and do their thing and spend their money. Go out, do whatever they do and they’re going to miss out on a lot of dollars,” said Clark County resident, Travis Hibschman.

Others said they don’t believe marijuana should be sold in the city because of possible negative effects.

“I’ve seen a lot of my friends make wrong choices because of cannabis. Also being a health teacher, I’ve seen of the bad health effects they’re had on unborn children and children premature,” said Kathy English, a Marshall resident.

One resident said she supports the idea since medical marijuana has helped her son.

“I know a lot of people that use it for medical and I think it’s super great,” said Kitty Woll.

Robinson, Illinois held a similar meeting in August and their city council will take a vote by year’s end.

Those in Marshall say it’s important for their community to also make their voices heard.

“I hope everybody has an opinion on it and speaks out about it,” said Hibschman.

No action will be taken at Monday night’s meeting.

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