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Recreational marijuana sales? Yes or No / Public forum welcomes input Aug. 15

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Above / What will be the costs of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act? Learn more during a public forum from 7-9PM on Thurs., Aug. 15, in City Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street.

Updated, Aug. 16, 2019 / While roughly 70 individuals attended an educational forum regarding the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), news stories were populating online across the country about the dangers of teens “vaping” with e-cigarettes that contain a mixture of chemicals, even marijuana, that are toxins to lungs.  Notably, severe lung damage and breathing problems linked to e-cigarette aerosols or “vaping” have been reported in eight states across the country, including Illinois. (Symptoms are chest pains and shortness of breath.)

Go with knowledge. Keep kids safe and healthy. Help youngsters make educated decisions.

Mindful of how long it took to come to grips with the dangers of cigarette smoking, now is the time to learn about the health hazards of vaping.

Note: Dr. Aaron Weiner, one of the panel members in City Council Chambers, presented his research on vaping to PN in January in an editorial titled “It’s Time to Come Clean about Vaping,” When the topic came up during last evening’s forum, attendees learned that right now the hazards of “vaping” are featured all over the news and social media.


Original Post, Aug. 10, 2019 / Marijuana laws change in Illinois beginning on January 1, 2020. Among many other things, the new law allows Illinois residents who are age 21-plus to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in products such as edibles.

The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) received final approval from the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 1438 by a 38-17 vote, with two lawmakers voting “present” on May 29. Two days later, Illinois House passed it with a vote of 66-47 on May 31.

When Governor JB Prizker signed the bill on June 25, 2019, Illinois joined 10 other states in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. 

Local voices have raised questions on all sides of the issue regarding economic impact; commercialization vs. decriminalization, and/or approval of cannabis sales for medical use.

Residents also are asking how changes will complement the city’s core values as represented in its seal that depicts the city’s growing with people, trust, respect and pride. 

—PN


Public Forum set for 7PM Thurs., Aug. 15

Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend a public forum from 7PM to 9PM on Thurs., Aug. 15, 2019, in City Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center. The topic is recreational marijuana and Illinois’ entry into the business of it all.

Public comments. opinions and questions are sought from residents regarding the new laws that could change the way recreational marijuana is sold or not in Naperville.

The meeting is the second in an educational series arranged by Naperville City Council members Patty Gustin and Kevin Coyne that aims to present facts about Cannabis, pot, weed, dope, marijuana or whatever other name the psychoactive drug is called that comes from the Cannabis plant.

Naperville resident and Illinois State Rep. Grant Wehrli ((R-41st District) will open the forum and welcome the experienced panel of experts that has studied the new legislation as well as the effects of today’s Cannabis. Wehrli is known to support important conversations about proposed public policy.

The panel will present important information supported by data to address how the new recreational law potentially could impact local kids, public safety as well as the community, organizers said.

“This forum is an opportunity to hear concerns from professionals who have devoted their careers to studying drug addition and other drug-related issues,” said Councilman Coyne. “We welcome all points of view to attend.”

Whatever the issue, public forums are opportunities for healthy debate on topics of concern, and to learn from listening to Q&A and a variety of opinions as local officials seek input to make reasonable and right decisions for this community.

Council Chambers is on the second level of the Naperville Municipal Center, located at 400 S. Eagle Street.

FYI: During the July 16 City Council meeting, City Council members voted 5-4 not to permit stores to sell recreational marijuana in Naperville, saying they want to see more data on how adult use affects communities. The majority vote included Council members Kevin Coyne, Patty Gustin, Paul Hinterlong, Patrick Kelly and Theresa Sullivan. The minority included Mayor Steve Chirico and Council members Judy Brodhead, John Krummen and Benny White.

It’s not your mamma’s marijuana graphic and agenda provided by City Councilwoman Patty Gustin.


For additional local information in the news on the topic…

RELATED WTTV-TV POST Aug. 6, 2019 / Featuring Mayor Steve Chirico & Councilman Kevin Coyne / Pot Prohibition in Illinois Will Persist, Even After It’s Legal

RELATED PN POST / Time to express opinions about Marijuana

RELATED PN POSTS / Dr. Aaron Weiner addresses addictive behaviors

RELATED ONLINE SEARCH WITH LINKS / Sale of recreational Marijuana in Naperville

 

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