Elected officials in towns big and small are starting to decide if they want to open the doors to marijuana sales in their towns — and, so far, more are saying “no,” or leaning that way.
Naperville, Lake Barrington and Bloomingdale plan to officially ban sales, Libertyville leans toward the same and the mayor of Batavia said he will issue a veto if necessary.
Des Plaines officials have expressed concerns and are doing more research before deciding, which also will happen in Lincolnshire and Bartlett.
To date, only South Elgin and Elburn said they are OK with allowing one marijuana retail store.
Despite this early negativity, bill sponsors say they aren’t worried about having enough communities throughout the state that will allow marijuana sales and meet estimates that it will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues and licensing fees.