Proposal to be discussed on where there can be cannabis shops in Peoria

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PEORIA, Ill — Peoria City Council members will hear proposals regarding permitting cannabis sales in specific parts of the city on Tuesday, and set registration fees for cannabis-related businesses as well.

Most of the dispensaries and craft growers will be in industrial zones and the Warehouse District. city officials are also open to the idea of having some in commercial and business districts. Businesses would need a special-use permit and cannot be within 500 feet of a school or daycare facility.

City Manager Patrick Urich says he is overwhelmed by the amount of support towards the sale of adult-use cannabis.

City officials are not expecting the industry to generate very much tax revenue in the first year. Ulrich says they have a $100,000 budget projected in terms of sales tax revenue.

According to the Peoria Journal Star, council members will also be asked to repeal the current city’s ordinance regarding possession of small amounts of cannabis. After Jan. 1, 2020, only those younger than 21 would be ticketed with an ordinance violation.

The state will approve 75 additional sites around Illinois. No more than three facilities will be added to the area including Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall and Stark counties.

City officials have yet to make any rules for on-site consumption of cannabis.

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