In early July, East Peoria Mayor John Kahl said the decision to allow recreational marijuana businesses to operate in the city would depend largely on citizen interest. Now, the city is beginning to seek those opinions.

A public forum on potential city regulations relating to recreational marijuana is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, during the East Peoria City Council working session.

The meeting is public and comments and questions will be welcomed at the end of the working session, which will be immediately followed by the regularly scheduled city council meeting. There are no marijuana-related agenda items during that meeting.

The meeting will occur in the council’s chambers in the Civic Complex at 401 W. Washington St.

Toby Clayton of NuMed East Peoria told the Daily Times in July that the dispensary would be looking to expand their sales to include adult-use.

“We are going to apply for a dual-license, and we will be selling (recreational marijuana) as of (January) first,” said Clayton.

Whether that will be in East Peoria is still uncertain, as the state-wide bill legalizing recreational marijuana gives cities and towns the ability to create regulations regarding zoning, location, and the number of recreational marijuana businesses allowed within city limits.

Kahl, to this point, has been non-committal. 

“The City of East Peoria is conducting an in-depth review of the law, and the Council will be making its decision based upon the best interests of our community once we have a clear understanding of the entire scope of the law,” said Kahl in a July email to the Daily Times.