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Marijuana dispensaries would be allowed in more of downtown Chicago under new plan

JOHN BYRNE Chicago Tribune Aldermen advanced Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal Wednesday to ease Chicago zoning rules to open marijuana dispensaries, which the mayor says would make it easier for minority applicants get into a lucrativ...

September 9, 2021

Illinois will hold additional drawings for retail marijuana licenses

The state said six applicants, whom it did not identify, were mistakenly excluded from the initial lottery July 29 to award 55 retail licenses because of a clerical error. Applicants had applied in five geographic areas outside Chicago where licen...

September 3, 2021

Marijuana drug tests in the workplace would follow same standard as DUI, under proposed change in Illinois law

CHICAGO — After years working successfully as an electrical substation operator for ComEd, Andre Burson said, he failed a marijuana drug test.Burson said he only used cannabis after work, never on the job, but was forced to pass more tests i...

August 20, 2021

Chicago weed shops stock up for Lollapalooza

CHICAGO — Marijuana has long been an illicit yet integral part of the annual Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. This year, it’s legal for the first time in the event’s 30-year history, and potentially big business.The four-d...

July 29, 2021

Illinois cannabis dispensary lotteries set to kick off Thursday after lengthy delays

After a year of turmoil, Illinois is finally on the verge of dishing out precious new pot shop permits — and hundreds of groups are now in the running. The first of three lotteries for 185 total dispensary licenses is set for Thursday, with ...

July 28, 2021

Lolla will mean jump in business for marijuana retailers

He says Cresco's Sunnyside store at 436 N. Clark St. will have about 25 percent more inventory than usual, as well as extra staffers working outside stores with tablet computers to help speed the ordering process. It’s also planning a stream...

July 27, 2021

Lotteries will determine recipients of 185 marijuana dispensary licenses in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — Lotteries will be held July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19 to choose who will get the next 185 licenses to operate recreational marijuana dispensaries in Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday.The Democratic governor also signed a ...

July 16, 2021

Illinois Uses $3.5 Million In Marijuana Revenue To Prevent Violence

A powerful House committee on Thursday approved spending bills and related reports that touch on a wide range of marijuana and drug policy issues—including calls to remove roadblocks to research into cannabis, noting the lifesaving potential...

July 16, 2021

Illinois Gov. Pritzker signs new marijuana law

“Over the past century, the failed war on drugs has destroyed families, filled prisons with nonviolent offenders and disproportionately disrupted Black and Brown communities," Pritzker said in the statement. "Legalizing adult-use cannabis br...

July 15, 2021

Long-awaited pot dispensary license lotteries planned for this summer

The long-awaited lotteries for 110 cannabis dispensary licenses for minority applicants are planned for later this month and August, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office announced Thursday. Pritzker’s announcement comes on the heels of state le...

July 15, 2021

West Peoria City Council clears way for BYO-cannabis lounge to open

WEST PEORIA (WEEK) - West Peoria took a a step forward Tuesday night to making the phrase BYOM more well known. The West Peoria City Council cleared the way for "High Harbor Cannabis Event Center" at Tuesday's meeting. The group behind the ide...

July 13, 2021

The best things to do in Chicago while high

The best things to do in Chicago while high Nearly 60 million people visit Chicago every year, and with cannabis now legal for all adults many tourists want to know how, when, and where to enjoy the city’s finest weed....

July 12, 2021