The City of Pekin has entered the race for a medical marijuana cultivation center.
The City Council on Monday unanimously approved annexing roughly ten acres of land for a pot production facility. The land is located on Route 29, near the federal prison.
The effort to build it is being spearheaded by a group of investors led by Dr. Dan Joseph, a Peoria chiropractor. Under the state's medical marijuana pilot program, only one cultivation center is allowed in each of Illinois' 22 State Police Districts.
In ISP District 8, the City of Pekin is facing competition from a handful of other municipalities, including Delavan, which was among the first to step up and actively campaign to get a cultivation center.
The state will begin accepting applications from groups wanting to cash in on the new medical marijuana industry next month.
If Dr. Joseph's application for the Pekin facility is denied by state officials, the City Council's vote on the annexation of the land will be nullified.