Even though legal marijuana is coming to Illinois next year, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder still isn’t ready to say if he favors allowing it to be sold in the city.
Local communities could opt out of legal sales under the law passed last week, although city residents would still be allowed to possess and consume it. Langfelder says he wants to talk more with Police Chief Kenny Winslow about the effect legal pot could have on public safety and law enforcement.
Langfelder acknowledges that if Springfield doesn’t allow it, some other nearby community almost certainly will… and will get the tax revenue from it. But the mayor says that’s only one factor in his decision.
* Springfield didn’t raise taxes or make big budget cuts this year, but that’s a first…
In the last two years, the city council has cut millions out of the budget and raised the city’s sales tax by a quarter percentage point, the city’s hotel-motel bed tax by one percentage point and the city’s telecommunication tax by two percentage points.
* The Question: What do you think Mayor Langfelder will do about this subject? Make sure to explain your answer in comments, please.