Rockford aldermen weigh in on state medical marijuana bill

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

The Rockford City Council agreed Monday, May 20, to follow a statehouse push to allow adults and minors to use medical marijuana.

On the state level, the Senate has approved an amendment to the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program that would allow minors and adults to use medical marijuana to treat epilepsy. The matter is still being debated in the Illinois House.

Monday’s 10-4 vote was aimed to alert lawmakers that Rockford supports the bill. Alds. Kevin Frost, R-4; Venita Hervey, D-5; Teena Newburg, I-9;  and Linda McNeely, D-13; voted against the measure.

I don’t think it’s an issue that I need to, as a council member, comment on for it to go to Springfield,” McNeely said.

In other business, the council approved $5.4 million to build a new fire station at 804 Marchesano Drive. Larson & Larson Builders, of Loves Park, has been awarded the contract. The new station will replace the facility at 1520 S. Main St., which will be razed when the project is completed next March. The city will sell bonds to cover the cost.

The Rockford City Council meets every Monday at 6 p.m., at City Hall, downtown.

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