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Marijuana still illegal, technically

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Elgin’s council members reviewed the status of Ballot Initiative 2022-08-04 this past week, clarifying the legality and impact of the ordinance set to eliminate low-level marijuana enforcement.The ord inance was passed Nov. 2022 with a 70% approval rating, but some councilmembers and residents were seeking answers as to why arrests are still being made.The situation demonstrates confusion that can arise from the initiative petition and referendum process, according to City Manager Thomas Mattis.“It’s been a staple of local government forever, that citizens should be provided an opportunity, theoretically, to bring any law forward that they want to propose to the ...

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