Peoria City Council approves Cannabis Dispensary on University | 1470 & 100.3 WMBD

PEORIA, Ill. — The Peoria City Council Tuesday night approved the special-use of an adult-use cannabis dispensary at 5001 N. University St.

According to building plans, the dispensary will be located in the University Square Shopping Center, next to Familia Dental.

Council Member Elizabeth Jensen voiced concerns about too many dispensaries popping up in a concentrated area of Peoria.

“I do have concerns about having too many of these facilities and having too many in one area of our city,” said Jensen.

She said she wants the council in the future to discuss having distance limitations on how close two dispensaries can be to each other.

The other cannabis dispensary in Peoria, Trinity Compassionate Care, is located less than two miles from the new location approved Tuesday night.

According to Peoria City Attorney Chrissie Peterson, one dispensary cannot be located less than 1500 feet from another dispensary due to state laws.

As of now, Peterson says there is no further limit in Peoria to how many dispensaries are licensed in one area, as dispensaries are permitted in all industrial areas.

Council Member Jim Montelongo motioned for approval of the dispensary, adding that it must be opened and operating within 90 days of the approval.

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