Commissioners cover many topics at their Sept. 20 board meeting

A myriad of topics were covered at the Sept. 20 Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting. The topics included marijuana, assessments, aerial imagery, wind energy and taxes.

The topic of marijuana came up again during Randolph County Health Department Administrator Angela Oathout’s report. She noted that the health department held their last Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) meeting and they are prioritizing three issues. Those being mental health, lung/cancer health, and substance abuse.

She added that legalized marijuana is a hot topic and discussed the impact noticed by other states that have legalized it. In Washington, there was a 200 percent increase in fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used the drug. Colorado reported 27 percent of marijuana users driving while high almost daily; a 52 percent increase in marijuana related emergency room visits; and that 39 percent of marijuana users go to work high at least once a week.

Oathout pointed out that in Randolph County there has already been an increase in motor vehicle accidents due to impaired drivers, and this would add to that. In addition, she anticipates an increase in mental health issues. “I want you all to be aware.”

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.