Residents Plan 'Opt Out Naperville' Rally Against Recreational Marijuana

Bernie Tafoya
August 30, 2019 - 11:40 am
Marijuana Referendum

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Opponents of a measure that would allow recreational marijuana sales in Naperville are planning a rally Saturday. 

Jennifer Bruzan Taylor said she's "just a mom who wanted to do something," so she organized Saturday's Opt Out Naperville rally in Central Park at 104 E. Benton Avenue.

Taylor and others are concerned that even though the law said recreational marijuana will only be able to be used legally by those 21 and older, marijuana will be more "normalized" and that more underage people will try it.

"We’re just trying to keep Naperville family-friendly, family-focused. We have all these awards that we’ve won. We attract families because of our family-focus and at the end of the day, there’s nothing family-friendly about recreational marijuana," Taylor said.

Taylor said she knows Naperville is not in a bubble and that other suburbs will allow the sale of recreational marijuana next year, but she said Naperville should not.

"What’s the rush? One thing about opting out is, you can opt out and you can opt in later. So, why don’t we opt out for now. Let’s actually spend the time to look at all the information," she said.

Taylor believes the issue should be put before voters in the form of a referendum.

"This decision will shape Naperville. My fear, it’s going to shape it for the bad," she said.

As for those who argue cigarettes and alcohol are sold in Naperville, Taylor said, "just because we have one or two vices, doesn’t mean it’s okay, and we should just throw more vices at our children."

Taylor is the mother of a 2-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy.

The recreational sale of marijuana is on the agenda at next week's Naperville City Council meeting.