MCLEANSBORO — Residents of McLeansboro were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on possible adult-use cannabis businesses in the city at a public hearing before Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The good majority of those who spoke to the council wanted the city to keep cannabis sales out of the community.
Brent Johnson is a rural Hamilton County resident who attended the public hearing. He told the council that the tax money cannabis would provide the city is not worth the other problems it will cause.
Others against cannabis sales noted it is a gateway drug and against their morals to see their community allow the sales.
Only two of the nearly 20 people who spoke were in favor of the sales. Both noted that the state has already legalized cannabis sales, and there’s nothing to be done about that, and also it is a person’s choice to buy or not buy cannabis.
Mayor Dick Deitz told the residents in attendance that a law must be passed by the city either way before the state law takes effect January 1st.