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Peoria to be latest city to discuss marijuana legalization

PEORIA (HOI) — As Illinois gets closer to the legalization of marijuana on Jan. 1, 2020, local municipalities are taking action or holding forums and special meetings to discuss which way to go on local control.

The city of Peoria will be the latest local government to hold a meeting to discuss the matter. At 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, a special city council meeting will be held for the council to hold a policy session to “discuss recreational cannabis legislation.”

According to the meeting’s agenda, the city council, with the city manager and corporation counsel, will hold a discussion on what direction the city should take in regards to marijuana legalization — prohibition or implementation of local control in regards to the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

The city of East Peoria held a public forum on Aug. 20 in regards to marijuana legalization.

On July 15, the city of El Paso passed an ordinance to prohibit the sale of marijuana, following the village of Morton’s decision on to ban craft growers, cultivation centers, dispensaries, processors and transporters from operating in the village.

The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker June 25, allows for local control.

Drew Veskauf

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