City of Peoria Changes Zoning for Medical Marijuana Cultivation Centers

Published 08/12 2014 10:45PM

Updated 08/12 2014 10:47PM

PEORIA - The City of Peoria is making sure residents are safe if a medical marijuana cultivation center does come to the city.

Tuesday night, the Peoria City Council approved zoning changes that would allow cannabis cultivation centers only in certain industrial districts.

This is due to new state laws on medicinal marijuana.

The City says if it does not set any zoning guidelines, a cultivation center can build anywhere in the city, with limited guidelines set by the State.

Corporation Counsel David Leist said, "Because we wouldn't have an ordinance, the State would completely occupy the field and their application. All you'd have to do is go to application for the State, and State rules would apply."

Councilman Chuck Weaver was the only "no" vote.

Every Illinois State Police districts can have one cannabis cultivation center.

Application process for any company wanting to build a center begins in September.

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