Loves Park votes down marijuana dispensary

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- After some passionate debate, Loves Park City Council members decided that the positives did not outweigh the negatives when it comes to bringing a marijuana dispensary to the city. But the vote was not unanimous.

Alderpersons voted seven to three in favor of an amendment which would prohibit cannabis businesses to set up shop in Loves Park. Alderperson Clint Little was among those who believes that the city could benefit from the revenue the businesses would bring.

"I’m disappointed that we're not going to have more revenue to improve our city anytime you have an opportunity to bring funds into the community rather than seeing us raise taxes for our citizens," Little said. "I’m all for making sure that we relieve the tax burden on our residents."

While Alderperson Mark Peterson voted with the majority, citing his concerns on how a dispensary would affect Loves Park families in a negative way.

“There are major issues with recreational cannabis and with that there’s a history that’s been the communities and states that have already legalized recreational cannabis all of the bad stuff goes up whether its crime or traffic accidents or traffic fatalities,” Peterson said.