BLOOMINGTON (WJBC) – Companies will not be permitted to sell cannabis for recreational use in Uptown Typical if town staffers have their way.
Our news companion WJBC reports that City Manager Pam Reece produced the announcement throughout the town council’s operate session Monday evening.
Council member Stan Nord mentioned organization owners have expressed their feelings to him about recreational pot sales.
Despite the fact that he’s generally at odds with Reece and Mayor Chris Koos, Nord mentioned he’s okay with how they’re dealing with this problem.
“I’m glad that you produced the modify in Uptown simply because a single of (the organization owners) was in Uptown. So that would be my only request is to get some public engagement,” Nord mentioned.
Koos’ responded, “I consider that would be portion of the procedure and pretty suitable just before we take considerable action.”
Police and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce will be invited to address the council in two weeks just before elected leaders make a decision no matter whether to send the matter to a public hearing just before the town’s arranging commission.
City Lawyer Brian Day warned council members they could not win favor with some constituents simply because public opposition is not adequate to turn down a organization that desires to open a dispensary.
“We could get a circumstance exactly where you get 50 folks come in and say, ‘don’t place this right here,’ but if there’s not a valid explanation to deny the particular use beneath zoning laws, then we couldn’t, which could finish up frustrating a lot of folks,” mentioned Day.
Council member Kathleen Lorenz mentioned she’s especially interested why other communities, such as Naperville, opted out of enabling recreational marijuana sales. Day mentioned political components could have played a function. He mentioned elected leaders apparently did not want to be perceived as fostering drug use.