A proposed ordinance that would allow on-site consumption of cannabis at dispensaries in Peoria got a chilly reception Tuesday from the City Council during a meeting in which the body also voted in favor of a new dispensary.
The ordinance would establish a permitting process for Peoria cannabis businesses seeking to allow on-site consumption. Recipients of on-site consumption permits would be required to maintain an area with locked doors accessible only to people at least 21 years old in accordance with Illinois state law.
“I’m totally opposed to on-site consumption, period,” councilman Timothy Riggenbach told his peers.
Peoria residents who responded to an online survey conducted by the city felt differently: Just over 61% of respondents supported allowing on-site consumption at Peoria dispensaries. The survey also found that a majority of respondents opposed imposing additional restrictions on the number and location of new dispensaries in the city beyond those already in place at the state level.