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Anti-marijuana group urges Glen Ellyn to opt out as village apparently mulls referendum


By Karen Kidd | Mar 17, 2020


A Glenn Ellyn-based anti-recreational marijuana group is urging the village to opt-out of legal weed sales, despite village leaderships steps in that direction and word about a possible referendum in November.

"Instead of opting out, the Glen Ellyn Village Board has adopted a 'wait and see' approach and imposed a moratorium on recreational sales until October 26, 2020, when they will revisit the issue," OPT OUT GLEN ELLYN said in an announcement on its website. "Data is being collected on the effect of recreational sales in other communities and residents’ views on in-town sales during this moratorium period."  

The announcement urged village residents "to become educated on the impact of recreational marijuana sales" and to voice to village leadership their opposition to recreational marijuana stores in Glen Ellyn.

Glen Ellyn Village President Diane McGinley | glenellyn.org/

"The Glen Ellyn Village Board is seriously considering allowing recreational marijuana stores in Glen Ellyn," the announcement said. "Village President Diane McGinley and Trustee Kelli Christiansen have publicly stated they support recreational marijuana stores in Glen Ellyn.  The views of the remaining five Village Trustees are unclear."

Meanwhile, Glen Ellyn Village Board reportedly met in a workshop session Monday to discuss whether to add an Advisory Referendum Question to the Nov. 3 ballot asking whether the Village should permit recreational sale of cannabis within Village limits.

At time of publication, information about that workshop has not been posted to the village's website and is not mentioned in the agenda for tonight's special board meeting that mostly concerns the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

OPT OUT GLEN ELLYN describes its membership as including "different backgrounds, with different political opinions and religious views, united in the belief that recreational marijuana stores will harm our citizens and our community, especially our children, teens, and young adults," the group's website says. "Our purpose is to inform, educate, and advocate against recreational marijuana sales in Glen Ellyn."

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