Les Redden Genelle Wilson and Sheryl Chmielewski

Alderman Les Redden (left photo) voted in favor of the ordinance prohibiting cannabis businesses in Sandwich, while alderwoman Sheryl Chmielewski (right photo) voted in favor.  Sandwich resident Genelle Wilson led a group of citizens in favor of cannabis sales. (WSPYNews.com photos by James Wyman)

By a five to three vote, the Sandwich City Council on Monday voted down an ordinance to prohibit cannabis business establishments.

That means that the Sandwich Plan Commission must now hammer out zoning regulations for adult use cannabis establishments.

The Plan Commission meets at 6:30 tonight in the council chambers.

Voting against the prohibition and in favor cannabis sales were Sheryl Chmielewski, Kevin Kelleher, Cara Killey, Fred Kreinbrink and Shane Surratt.

Voting to prohibit cannabis sales were Pete Dell, Les Redden and Mayor Rich Robinson.

Before the vote, Redden gave an impassioned plea to the council about the problems with legalizing recreational cannabis.

Redden cited the money the city is spending on the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. program

Alderwoman Chmielewski addressed the D.A.R.E. issue in her rebuttal to Redden.

Redden countered that cannabis is considered an illegal drug by the Federal Government.

Genelle Wilson has been leading a group of women who are in favor of cannabis sales in Sandwich, and she spoke to WSPY's Jim Wyman following Monday's meeting.

Cannabis becomes legal in Illinois on January 1.

Illinois residents will be able to buy 30 grams of cannabis flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC-infused products (edibles).  A container of gummies, for example, contains 10 gummies at 10 mg each.  So an entire container is 100 mg. The law allows you to purchase five of them.

Non-Illinois residents can possess half of these amounts.

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