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After Battling For Months, 2 Rival Weed Shops Score Licenses To Open On Same West Loop Block

The West Loop will soon have three pot shops on Randolph after state regulators awarded a license to two companies on the same day, effectively sidestepping the cannabis law.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

New Weed Shop Opening On … Where Else? Chicago’s Weed Street

Windy City Cannabis will open its first dispensary in the city on the conveniently named street on Wednesday.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Aldermen Want More Time For Residents To Force A Ban On Weed Dispensaries In Some Neighborhoods

Two Gold Coast aldermen say it's been difficult for neighbors to gather signatures to create restricted weed zones during the state's stay at home order.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

7 Weed Dispensaries And Farms Are On Ice For Now Amid Stay At Home Order

Weed businesses in need of a zoning change have been delayed as aldermen say it's been difficult to gather feedback because of coronavirus restrictions.

Back of the Yards

Third Weed Dispensary Wants To Open On Randolph — Across The Street From Another Planned Pot Shop

Dispensary 33 will pitch plans to West Loop neighbors at a virtual meeting on Zoom Monday night.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Illinois Weed Sales Show No Sign Of Slowing Down: $37 Million In April Despite Pandemic

Most dispensaries have restricted sales to online orders, but the state still saw its highest monthly sales total since January, the month weed went legal in Illinois.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

State Delays Awarding 75 Weed Dispensary Licenses Promised To Increase Minority Ownership

The licenses aimed at prioritizing social equity owners in an industry dominated by white men won't be doled out May 1 as planned.


Cresco Labs Weed Workers Push To Unionize: It’s ‘Physically Impossible’ To Social Distance In Shops, Budtenders Say

In one case, a shop manager said wearing a mask could lead to increased risk of contracting coronavirus, an email shows.

Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted

Cresco Labs, MOCA Score Coveted Licenses To Open Weed Shops In River North

The state surprised by issuing two licenses for dispensaries at 436 N. Clark St. and 216 W. Ohio St. Friday.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Indoor Weed Farm Planned Near Pullman Gets Key City Approval

Developer Leon Walker is seeking a social-equity applicant to operate the indoor weed farm.

Roseland, Pullman

4 Weed Dispensaries Want To Open Within Blocks In River North, But Only 1 Will Be Allowed

Cresco Labs was the first to pitch their plan to open in the old Baton Club at 436 N. Clark St.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Rapper Vic Mensa Wants To Open Cannabis Dispensary, Cultivation Facility On The South Side

Artist and activist Malcolm London is partnering with Mensa. They're hopeful black and brown people will have a “genuine, equal opportunity in securing a license statewide."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

‘Shameless’ Or Helpful? West Coast Weed Dispensary Is Offering $10,000 To Social-Equity Applicants In Chicago

A company that aims to be the "7/11" of weed wants Chicago social equity applicants to join its venture, but some locals were not pleased.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

West Loop Alderman’s Message To Weed Dispensary Owners: Get A Black Partner Or Don’t Come To My Ward

The 11 firms permitted to sell weed on Jan. 1 in Chicago are all owned by white men. “We don’t want to have folks be sharecroppers," Burnett said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Black Aldermen Will Push To Stall Weed Sales Over Lack Of Black Dispensary Owners At Meeting Wednesday

Without Mayor Lightfoot's support, the proposal to push recreational weed sales back to July 1 is considered a long shot.


Dispensary Lottery So White: With No Black Owners In The Mix, Black Caucus Could Move To Stall Weed Sales

Amid the excitement of the city's first recreational dispensary lottery, some wonder if the legalizing weed will truly bring equity for all.