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  • Deerfield Mayor Harriet Rosenthal called for recreational marijuana retailers to require customers to present two forms of government-issued identification at the board’s Oct. 7 meeting. (Village of Deerfield) The vote to accept the plan commission recommendation followed nearly two hours of public comment. Worried parents expressed concerns about what message village officials would be sending to students if they permitted a recreational dispensary. Several residents mentioned the recent outbreak of life-threatening lung illnesses public health officials have linked to the use of THC vape pens sold on the illicit market. Others pointed to the failure of attempts at legislating morality and prohibition.

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  • “There may be an expectation by the general public that, come Jan. 1, you’ll be able to obtain recreational cannabis anywhere in the state of Illinois. I think the industry is concerned it will be are perceived that they are not ready but they are,” Althoff said. “The delay in accessing recreational cannabis is more the need and desire, by many units of local government, to evaluate and in some cases obtain more input from their constitutiences about whether or not their community wants to permit the location of an adult use or recreational dispensary.” Two suburbs Wilmette and Rosemont have already announced plans to hold local advisory referendums before permitting the sale of recreational cannabis in town.

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