Illinois cannabis shops brought in nearly $40 million in the first month of legal recreational marijuana sales, the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced. During the 31-day period, almost 1 million individual marijuana products were sold across the state. Many of those transactions came from out-of-state cannabis tourists, who purchased $8.6 million worth of […]

The board of commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority voted on Tuesday to approve a new policy to help protect residents from being evicted for using cannabis. The board’s action revises an announcement from the agency last year that warned to end assistance for those found in possession of pot despite the legalization of marijuana in Illinois. […]

A 3% tax on cannabis retailers was approved by a Cook County panel is expected to be approved by the full Board of Commissioners meaning taxes on some pot products in Chicago could exceed 41% by the summer. That 3% would be in addition to the city’s 3% planned tax and state excise taxes of […]

Years before Illinois lawmakers moved to legalize recreational marijuana, police in the largest suburban communities were already making far fewer arrests for cannabis crimes. Arrests for marijuana-related crimes dropped by between 63% and roughly 80% from 2015 to 2018 in Chicago’s five largest suburbs. See the original article at Chicago Tribune

Domestic travelers caught with weed in Chicago airports won’t be busted after Jan. 1, Chicago police say. The federally-run Transportation Security Administration, which screens all passengers getting on planes, says it will defer to police if they find someone carrying pot. See the original article at Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Lori Lightfoot beat back an attempt by black aldermen to stall the start of recreational marijuana sales in Chicago for six months, setting the stage for the city’s legal weed bonanza to start Jan. 1. The mayor emerged with a big legislative win after hours of intense, often heated public debate on the City […]

Illinois Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, called on the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide and to reduce the penalty to a misdemeanor for those caught with 1 gram or less of any controlled substance. During 90 minutes of testimony before the House-Senate Joint Criminal Reform Committee in Chicago, Emanuel encouraged lawmakers to challenge the “assumptions […]

Under new zoning rules, Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are coming to busy shopping areas despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city. That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North near touristy fast food […]

Three Chicago entrepreneurs announced the creation of the Prairie Wellness Fund, Ltd., a private debt fund that will provide financing and liquidity to applicants for the newly created medical marijuana licenses that were established by Illinois law last year.  The state plans to license 21 cultivation centers and each will have to put up a […]