FORSYTH, Ill. (WCIA) — The village board voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that bans the sale of marijuana.
Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on January 1, 2020. Forsyth Mayor Marilyn Johnson says this was a swift unanimous decision because the trustees were all in agreement that it was not something they wanted in their community.
Johnson says, “It’s not beneficial because it’s just another vice and I think it could be very harmful. We looked at the quality of life for our children and our families and we do not need any growers or any type of marijuana in Forsyth. I feel it’s just another drug, a negative substance for our children to see.”
Some cities, like Urbana, are on board with the idea of allowing marijuana businesses to open, banking on them to generate sales tax revenue. But mayor Johnson says that’s not a priority. She says, “Tax-wise yes, it could bring some but I don’t think we feel we need it.”
You’ll be hard pressed to find people who don’t agree with the village’s decision. Many who live there are on board. Sandy Davenport says, “The general consensus is that we don’t want to have sales in the village.”
She doesn’t want to see any sort of drug come into the city she’s lived in her whole life. Davenport says, “Iam totally 100% against drugs. As far as I’m concerned marijuana is. Unless you need it for your health than that’s alright. But just to be using drugs to get high or make you feel better, I’m totally against that.”
The ordinance says the operation of any prohibited business will be declared a public nuisance and will be abated.