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Bloomington City Council weighs the option of Marijuana Task Force

Bloomington City Council held a ‘Committee of the Whole’ meeting Monday evening. There were four main points on the agenda including reports from McLean County Regional Planning Commission
on their Short-Range Transit Plan and an update regarding Connect Transit.

After those reports were given City Manager Tim Gleason updated the council on a Video Gaming Proposal he hopes to present for a vote at the next council meeting. Currently there is a moratorium on gaming licenses. The new proposal would lift the moratorium and set a limit for licenses available in Bloomington at 60. Currently there are 55. Other provisions on the proposal are that 50% of an establishments business must be from non-gaming revenue, cannot be in a residential zoned area, must be open for 12 months prior to getting gaming, and several others.

Then Alderwoman Jenn Carillo-Gomez presented a brief topic to the council. She wants to form a task force made of at least 3 council members, law enforcement representatives, and business leaders to explore options for selling recreational marijuana in Bloomington. Per new legislation, cannabis will be legal on January 1, 2020. “The last time something of this magnitude took place I would compare it to the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933,” explained Carillo-Gomez. She added, “There are great opportunities for us being a cannabis permissive community.”

There was minimal discussion from the council, but a majority of “yes” responses means they will explore more options for a Task Force in greater detail at an upcoming meeting.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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