Illinois: Winnebago County Board rejects advisory referendum on marijuana legalization

The Winnebago County Board narrowly decided voters will not be able to express their opinions on marijuana legalization this November.

Supervisor Brian Defferding was one of several board member to introduce the resolution for a referendum, which would ask voters how they feel about legalization.

An advisory referendum is not legally binding. It’s meant to send a message to lawmakers.

“It states simply put, cannabis should A, be legal and decriminalized and taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol. Or B, legal for medical purposes only, C, still punishable under current law, or D, none of the above,” Defferding told FOX 11.

After debate, 18 supervisors voted against the referendum, and 16 in favor.

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