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The Bethalto Village Board has reaffirming its collective opposition to the sale of recreational marijuana. With the new vote on the ordinance, Bethalto has voted again to oppose the businesses, clearing up any confusion from last month's meeting. The ordinance was worded in the negative tense, whereas most are worded in the positive, hence the confusion at the October meeting.
Before trustees voted again, eight people spoke on the issue, and all but one were in opposition of allowing that type of business in the village. One opposed was Kim Ritchie, who says supporting such businesses would send the wrong message to children.
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Ritchie recently lost a child to an overdose of a harder drug, and says his downward spiral began with marijuana. Kathi Cooper spoke in favor.
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As was the case in October, the board voted 4-3 to establish an ordinance prohibiting cannabis business establishments within the village. Mayor Alan Winslow cast the swing vote. Also voting in opposition of recreational cannabis sales were Gary Bost, Dave Gibbons and Brady Dugger. In favor were Tim Lowrance, Maria Perkhiser and Erika Stassi.