The question of whether marijuana should be sold at state-licensed dispensaries in Libertyville has been put to bed and appears unlikely to resurface anytime soon.
Circumstances this week were different from 2019 when the board unanimously enacted an ordinance prohibiting sales in town shortly before the practice became legal in Illinois.
But the result was the same as village leaders upheld the position voting 6-0 Tuesday against a resolution introduced by Mayor Donna Johnson to put a nonbinding, advisory referendum on the April 4 ballot.
Marijuana sales could be a potential revenue source for the village four or five years from now when expenditures are predicted to exceed revenues, Johnson said.
And because some residents are reluctant to voice their opinion publicly, an advisory referendum would be a way to gauge public sentiment, she added.
Trustees disagreed saying questions such as where a marijuana dispensary would be located should be answered before seeking voter opinion. Some trustees, as well as several speakers who addressed the board, also reiterated the underlying stance that marijuana sales wouldn’t be a good fit in the village anyway.
An advisory referendum was the topic of an informal committee of