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Bloomington, Normal councils to discuss legal sales of marijuana Monday

(WJBC) — Monday is a key day in Normal and Bloomington in determining whether either community will allow businesses to sell marijuana for recreational use.

Our news partner WJBC reports the Normal Town Council is expected to decide whether to drop the idea or send a draft ordinance to the town’s planning commission for a November 7th public hearing.
In Bloomington, Cannabis Task Force members will report back to the city council at a committee-of-the-whole meeting.
Bloomington’s session comes less than a week after six of nine task force members indicated they want regulated marijuana sales in the city.
Council members will discuss the task force’s recommendation, and indicate whether they want the panel to continue looking at zoning, and whether to impose up to a three percent tax on cannabis sales.
In Normal, staffers have prepared a draft ordinance to be used as a starting point, even though the council can end the debate immediately by deciding not to schedule a public hearing.
Staff does not want cannabis businesses in Uptown Normal. They would have to be 100 feet away from churches, schools, day care centers, hospitals, and nursing homes.  Staff also proposes a 200 foot buffer from single-family homes.
The Bloomington City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m., while Normal’s council meets at 7:30 p.m.    ​

Drew Veskauf

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