It took a long time to get there, but when a vote was finally taken, the Chatham Village Board passed an ordinance on Tuesday night to prohibit cannabis business establishments inside Village limits.
The vote was 4-2, and with the same yes and no votes from trustees from the Committee of the Whole meeting two weeks ago. Trustees Paul Scherschel, Ryan Mann, Brett Gerger and Dewey Detmers voted yes for the ban on cannabis establishments, and Kristen Chiaro and Matt Mau voted no.
Nearly all of the one hour, 45 minute affair involved discussion on the cannabis issue, with Mau taking the extraordinary step of asking for the five-minute limit on public comments from each speaker be lifted.
Chiaro seconded the motion, and there was no opposition, so those that addressed the board were not subjected to any time limit when they spoke to the board.
There were comments from eight members of the public, including from Chris Stone, CEO of HCI Alternatives, which has medical cannabis dispensaries in Springfield and Collinsville. There were comments favoring both sides of the issue, but the majority of the packed house in attendance was in favor of the ban on cannabis establishments.
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