DECATUR — Nearly three years since adult-use cannabis was legalized in Illinois, there still hasn’t yet been one legal sale within Macon County.
But a pair of community organizations based within the county are still reaping the benefits from the sales tax dollars generated by dispensaries elsewhere.
Jarmese Sherrod, president and CEO of Sherrod’s Independent Mentoring Program, pictured far right, speaks with Delrice Adams, executive director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, sitting far left, at the Decatur Club on Thursday.
BRENDEN MOORE, HERALD & REVIEW
Sherrod’s Independent Mentoring Program, also known as SIMP, and Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are beneficiaries of the state’s Restore, Reinvest and Renew (R3) program, which awards grants to organizations in communities that have been harmed by violence, excessive incarceration and economic disinvestment.
SIMP has received more than $472,000 in R3 grants while Macon County CASA has received about $60,000.
“We’ve been fortunate to have two years — and going into a third year — with funding,” said Jarmese Sherrod, president and CEO of SIMP. “Because of that, we’ve been able to make mountains of impact.”