East Peoria approves recreational marijuana tax, council member disagrees


EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The East Peoria City Council has passed a special Cannabis tax 4-1.

The approval imposes a 3 percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana in the city. Tuesday night’s meeting was not to allow the sale of marijuana within city limits but to decide if they would tax marijuana sales, if the council allowed it.

City Commissioner Michael Sutherland said he doesn’t think the government shouldn’t be involved in regulating marijuana.

“Nobody knows how to regulate this,” he said. It’s wide open. I disagree with it.”

Following marijuana tax approval, the council also voted 4-1 to approve the purchase 450 97-gallon and 200 48-gallon recycle/solid waste wheeled carts in the smith of $35,250.80

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