Bolingbrook mayor to hold talk on recreational marijuana Aug. 17

The Village Board has revisited allowing recreational post businesses after banning them in 2019

Bolingbrook Mayor Mary Alexander-Basta will host a discussion about recreational marijuana during one of her regular “community matters” events next week.

The discussion will be broadcast at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on Bolingbrook Community Television, the village’s website and the village’s Facebook page.

Residents can submit their questions for experts in the field by commenting on the village’s livestream on Facebook.

The discussion comes a few weeks after the Bolingbrook Village Board opened discussion on possibly lifting a 2019 ban on recreational marijuana businesses.

The Illinois General Assembly passed the law legalizing recreational pot in 2019, but before it went into effect, the Bolingbrook Village Board voted to ban such businesses. Trustees at the time argued that they had too many unanswered questions about the new industry and the potential public safety consequences it would have.

The village of Romeoville and city of Joliet allowed for recreational marijuana dispensaries to operate starting in 2020.

In Alexander-Basta’s “Community Matters” video series, she’s recorded conversations with her and various experts on topics important to residents.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.