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Government leaders in Bloomington-Normal will face some big issues in the new year. Some aren't unique to them, such as legal marijuana and the census, but others like public transportation and the Uptown underpass are.

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Potential recreational cannabis businesses now know where in Normal they can and cannot locate.

Bloomington Planning Commission
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Bloomington’s Planning Commission is looking to make the city the first in Illinois to allow marijuana sold at dispensaries to be consumed on site, a so-called cannabis cafe.

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The City of Bloomington is expected to formally bring zoning into its marijuana conversation on Monday night.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he's not sure how a proposal to consolidate municipal fire and police pension fund assets will play out next week in Springfield. The General Assembly convenes Oct. 28-30 for its fall veto session.

Bloomington cannabis task force
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Bloomington City Council members on Monday said the city should consider how it might regulate marijuana dispensaries through zoning as the council decides whether it will allow such businesses when recreational cannabis sales become legal in January.

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State officials said Monday that Bloomington’s west side and neighborhoods around Illinois State University were among the hardest-hit by the war on drugs – and those living there should get a leg up when cannabis becomes legal next year.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner has named two police officers, two downtown business owners, an addiction specialist and five other community members to a new cannabis task force that the city council will consider on Monday.

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Mayor Tari Renner said the city has received “a lot” of interest from dozens of potential business owners who are interested in opening a marijuana dispensary in Bloomington.

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Illinois State Police arrested a Peoria woman on Wednesday after officers seized more than 38 pounds of marijuana.

Tom Hubbard
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Bloomington City Council members support lifting the city's moratorium on video gambling licenses and want to start the discussion about how it will handle legalized marijuana, though members disagree about how best to gather input.

Pam Reece
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Cities and towns across the state are studying how to get ready for the new year and legal cannabis. The Town of Normal might be one of the earlier adopters of regulation covering use and sale of recreational marijuana.

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Gov. JB Pritzker made good on his promise when he signed recreational cannabis into law last month.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation making Illinois the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

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It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. Under legalized cannabis, one Normal police officer suspects police K9s will not be imprinted with the scent.

Normal K9 Officer Shane Bachman said it’s a lot easier to introduce a new scent later on than to try and extinct it from a dog.

“Also, I believe that would open us up in court as far as any type of court proceedings, anything like that, as to where we would have to testify if the dog had ever been trained on the odor of cannabis,” Bachman said.

Dan Brady
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The Illinois House has sent Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker another victory by voting to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Alice Moss poses
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Four years ago, Alice Moss came home from work and walked into a nightmare.

Her partner had shot himself. He later died about a long hospitalization.

Jason Barickman watches
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The Illinois Senate has approved legalized recreational marijuana use.

Panelists
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A panel of experts flagged several issues Tuesday in the current proposal to legalize marijuana in Illinois, from expungement of criminal records to employers who want drug-free workplaces.

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Monday that legislators missed the mark on the proposed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis.

Barickman on the Senate floor
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State Sen. Jason Barickman said he went public against Gov. JB Pritzker's bill on legalizing recreational use of marijuana even though he knows it will make it more difficult to get a compromise bill.

Illinois has officially proposed legalizing cannabis for adults 21 years and older by Jan. 1, 2020. But as details of the legislation emerge, so does the opposition. 

Worker among plants
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Behind a tall security fence and countless coded keypads, the future of the Delavan economy is growing under bright lights.

Politicians spearheading the effort to legalize recreational marijuana say revenue isn't the driving force. It's about promoting criminal and social justice for people of color who have been unfairly targeted by the war on drugs. But, prominent activists from minority communities question whether these lofty goals are possible. 

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Lawmakers are facing all sorts of thorny issues as they consider legalizing recreational marijuana. Near the top of the list: Will it lead to more impaired drivers?

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Illinois has a marijuana-friendly governor pushing through his agenda on a variety of initiatives at a rapid pace, but at least one longtime observer of the criminal justice system and the war on drugs says legal pot for recreation is not going to happen quickly.

Growing and selling cannabis for medical purposes in Illinois is legal, and it's looking more likely that the state will legalize a recreational program as well. But one crucial component that remains illegal is for banks to do business with marijuana-related companies. 

Paul Pederson
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A Bloomington doctor who will soon head the Illinois State Medical Society said the physicians group has concerns about the state's efforts to legalize recreational marijuana, but the group hasn’t yet taken a formal stance.

Kim Bray at a meeting
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Bloomington will keep its moratorium on video gambling until after state legislators have made key decisions about sports betting and marijuana.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is proposing raising more than $1 billion in state revenue by legalizing recreational marijuana and sports betting.

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