Illinois: Urbana-Champaign to vote on marijuana legalization referendum | Extract


Illinois voters in the downstate communities of Champaign and Urbana have a unique opportunity to have their voices heard on the issue of marijuana legalization Tuesday evening, as reported by The News-Gazette.

Both cities will vote Tuesday on placing an advisory referendum on the Nov. 8 ballots for Illinois to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational purposes in the model of Colorado.

“Should the State of Illinois legalize and regulate the sale and use of marijuana in a similar fashion as the State of Colorado?”

If a majority of voters present cast votes in support of the advisory question, it will be placed on either or both town’s Nov. 8 ballots.

Advisory questions are meant to gauge public opinion, and votes are not binding.

Advocates say a strong show of support in favor of legalizing marijuana would still be meaningful, however.

“This is a great opportunity for our cities to show their support for progressive criminal justice reform and send a clear message to the State of Illinois that the voters support ending the war on drugs and legalizing recreational cannabis is a strong step in that direction,” Champaign County Young Democrats wrote in a Facebook post.

The Cunningham (Urbana) Annual Township Meeting will take place Tuesday, Apr. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Urbana City Building (400 S Vine St).

The City of Champaign Annual Township Meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 12, at the Champaign City Building (102 N. Neil St.).