First cannabis consumption site in Illinois gets nod

Illinois’ capital city approved the first social consumption marijuana establishment in the state. Illinois Supply and Provisions plans to connect the consumption space to its recreational and medical marijuana store in downtown Springfield, the Chicago Tribune reported. The company, which got the OK from the Springfield City Council on Monday, is still working out details of […]

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Update: Illinois’ Cresco Labs Cannabis Workers Vote to Unionize

After receiving national attention from progressive leaders like Bernie Sanders, workers at Cresco Labs’ Joliet, Illinois facility voted to organize with the United Food and Commercial Workers on Tuesday. The decision makes them the first cannabis workers in the state to have a union.  In a press statement, the workers’ new local president, UFCW Local […]

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Illinois Regulators Investigating Violations of Cannabis Stockpiling Rule

In a matter of a couple weeks, Illinois’ recreational cannabis consumers have all but depleted the state’s stock of cannabis products. The widespread disequilibrium between supply and demand has made it tough for dispensaries to serve customers. And some shops, Illinois regulators say, have started breaking the rules in order to put products on their […]

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Using Marijuana is Legal — but It Can Still Get You Fired. ‘Human Resource Professionals in Illinois Will Have Their Hands Full.’

Now that recreational pot is legal in Illinois, marijuana enthusiasts may feel like it’s finally time to emerge from hiding. But people with jobs — or looking for them — might want to stay in the shadows for now as companies figure out how to handle employees who partake. In Illinois, employers are allowed to […]

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Illinois Cannabis Sales Bring in $3.2 Million on Day One

Illinois’ first day of legal recreational cannabis translated to a good chunk of green — nearly $3.2 million in sales. The state’s 37 dispensaries churned through 77,128 transactions to tally more than $3.17 million in first-day sales, said Toi Hutchinson, Governor JB Prtizker’s senior adviser for cannabis control, in a news conference on Thursday. “The […]

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Illinois Governor Pardons 11,000 for Low-level Marijuana Convictions

Democrat JB Pritzker says pardons represent first wave of thousands expected under state’s new marijuana legalization law. Illinois governor JB Pritzker granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state’s new marijuana legalization law. The expungement process […]

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Long Lines, Limited Supply and Only 9 Places to Shop: Here’s What to Expect in Chicago When Weed Becomes Legal Jan. 1

Some stores plan to open their doors as early as 6 a.m. to deal with the anticipated rush of customers for recreational marijuana. Chicagoans excited to legally buy weed for the first time on Jan. 1 will likely have to wait in line to get in to the dispensaries in the city that will be […]

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Cannabis in Illinois: 5 Years In, How Has Colorado Coped With Legalized Weed?

As Illinois prepares to embark on a potentially culture-changing adventure with legal cannabis, the first state to legalize pot offers a snapshot of the way the world may appear a few years hence. Colorado legalized medical marijuana 19 years ago, and recreational cannabis in January of 2014. Today, Denver has more marijuana stores than Chicago […]

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