* Quad City Times…
[Rock Island] Mayor Mike Thoms asked if marijuana will be allowed to be consumed at indoor smoking lounges such as Hickey Brothers, 130 18th St. […]
[Rock Island Planning and Redevelopment Administrator Miles Brainard] said the simple solution is for the city to prohibit consumption in any business that does not sell cannabis or have a cannabis license.
“I don’t necessarily like that idea,” [Ald. Dylan Parker, Ward 5] said. “I think an establishment like Hickey Brothers where you can currently smoke cigarettes, if they’re not selling cannabis, why not be able to consume it?”
Somewhere, sometime leaders of a town or city are going to realize that they can bring in a whole lot of tourists by fully embracing the new state law.
* Speaking of which…
Despite some members voicing concerns it might slow the process, the Bloomington City Council on Monday approved a request to establish a task force in preparation for next year’s legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Council member Jenn Carrillo proposed creating the cannabis review and implementation committee, and planned to serve as its chair. At Monday’s meeting, the council approved her request by a 6-3 vote after amending the resolution to remove Carrillo’s automatic appointment as chair and limiting the panel’s term to 90 days. […]
Carrillo has said she believes the city should embrace the cannabis industry to boost tourism.
It’s not for every town, but it could work. Heck, it’s worth a shot somewhere.
* Mt. Vernon is not exactly a liberal town…
Mt Vernon Mayor John Lewis said his city is on board. “You have two choices, opt-in or opt-out. We opted in,” he said. “You’re not stopping anything. I cannot see where opting out does anything.” […]
Lewis calls himself a pragmatist. “[Marijuana] is already here…it’s where society is going, I don’t know if it’s a good or bad thing, I just need to play on the playing field I’ve got,” he said. […]
Lewis believes the dispensary will bring jobs, “We will take any kind of jobs they will bring to an investment in our city. I don’t care if they are low paying, medium paying or high paying jobs, we want them all.”