Social Equity Applicant Optimistic About Getting Dispensary LicenseThere was a noticeable minority presence in the crowd Thursday. This is the first opportunity many had to take advantage of the state's Social Equity program. Applicants from distressed communities with 51% minority ownership in their businesses can earn more extra points leading to licences approval.
The Wait For Legal Weed Is Over As Marijuana Sales Get Started in IllinoisRecreational buyers stood for hours in below-freezing temperatures. But most didn't seem to mind for a chance to buy a joint for whatever reason, with no license and no punishment.
Long Lines For Legal Marijuana Wrap Around Chicago Dispensaries"I kind of think of it as alcohol. You can't have a drink while driving, you can't have a drink while walking down the street so to me in my brain, just alcohol rules."
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Brace Themselves For Recreational Pot Purchasers"Right now, we have a lot of patients in there trying to stock up and get their medicine."
Legal Marijuana Sales May Spark Midwest Interstate TensionNonresidents can purchase less marijuana than Illinois residents under the state's new law, and law enforcement in surrounding states have announced plans to strictly enforce their standing restriction on marijuana.
Has City Council Black Caucus Been Divided After Splitting Over Marijuana Sales Delay?Angry words sharply divided the City Council Black Caucus as its members split this week over a proposal to delay sales of recreational marijuana.
Social Equity Works To Level The Recreational Pot-Selling Field"Hell no it ain't fair."
Why Are Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Limiting Their Sales?A shortage of medical marijuana in Illinois has been making headlines lately, and now, we’ve learned sales are being limited.
Social Equity Not Equal For Everyone Trying To Sell Recreational Marijuana"People like me are going to be left out."
Concerns About Not Getting Pot Sales Rolling In Downtown ChicagoSome people passionately argued against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's idea to ban sales in the central business district. They're concerned it would limit accessibility for people with mobility challenges.
Lightfoot: Pot Sales Banned In Downtown ChicagoMayor Lightfoot has divided the city into seven zones for recreational marijuana sales. She said seven dispensaries should be allowed in each zone, but the central business district, including the Mag Mile, should be off limits.
St. Charles Public Meeting To Discuss Pot SalesThe upcoming state law allows local governments to decide for themselves about whether to allow cannabis stores to set up shop.
OK To Smoke, Not To Grow? States Wrestle With Homegrown PotA provision that would allow for the growing of five plants per residence for recreational use seemed likely to be jettisoned because of push-back from the police, who argue that allowing homegrown pot would fuel illicit drug sales.
Activist Voices Opposition To Legal Illinois Marijuana SalesDemocrat governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has said he hopes to legalize cannabis soon after he takes office.
Some Michigan Communities Say No To Marijuana BusinessesVoters last week approved the recreational use of marijuana.