MAYOR LIGHTFOOT INTRODUCES ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH CANNABIS REQUIREMENTS AND PROMOTE EQUITY IN EXPANDING INDUSTRY


New Ordinance Creates Clear Guidelines For Zoning Of Recreational Dispensaries
And Ensuring New, Equitable Business Growth Across The City


As part of the first step to ensure cannabis legalization is implemented
safely and in a way that maximizes economic opportunity across Chicago's
communities, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has introduced an ordinance to
establish Chicago’s first zoning regulations for the sale of adult-use cannabis. The
new ordinance establishes seven cannabis zones citywide that include the entire
geography of the city. The zones will initially cap the number of dispensaries to
ensure an equal distribution of dispensaries across the city.

Building off the operating system under state law, this new ordinance will permit
existing licensed medical dispensaries across the city to sell cannabis for
recreational use to residents 21 years or older starting on Jan. 1, 2020 when
recreational cannabis becomes legal in Chicago and statewide.

“This ordinance is the first of several regulatory measures to be undertaken by the
City of Chicago establish the safe and responsible implementation of legalized
cannabis next year,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Working with community members,
businesses, elected officials, and other partners at the local and state level, we will
be ensuring that legalization not only creates new revenues for our city, but also
unique opportunities for entrepreneurs from communities victimized by War on
Drugs to be at the forefront of developing equity and wealth from this emerging
industry.”


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