State officials are coming to Peoria next week to answer questions about Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program.
A town hall meeting is scheduled to take place at the downtown library at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 18. Representatives of various agencies will be able to talk about the licensing process for cultivation centers, dispensaries, and for patients and caregivers.
The meeting comes as more and more Central Illinois communities think about getting involved in the burgeoning industry of medical marijuana.
Delavan has already approved annexing and rezoning a parcel of land on the outskirts of town for a cultivation center, and has talked with a company that would operate it. The Peoria City Council is set to vote Tuesday on changing zoning laws to allow a pot production facility. In addition, the Pekin City Council is expected to decide whether to annex land near the federal prison that would be the site of a medical pot farm.
Per state law, only one grow facility is allowed in each Illinois State Police District. Several communities in District 8, which includes the Peoria area, have already expressed an interest in hosting a cultivation center. Cultivation centers in Illinois will be indoor facilities kept locked and under surveillance at all times. Prospective workers would need to undergo extensive background checks before being hired.
The state will begin accepting medical pot-related applications in early September, more than eight months after the four year pilot program officially began.