As part of the first step to ensure cannabis legalization is implementedsafely and in a way that maximizes economic opportunity across Chicago'scommunities, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has introduced an ordinance toestablish Chicago’s first zoning regulations for the sale of adult-use cannabis. Thenew ordinance establishes seven cannabis zones citywide that include the entiregeography of the city. The zones will initially cap the number of dispensaries toensure an equal distribution of dispensaries across the city.
Building off the operating system under state law, this new ordinance will permitexisting licensed medical dispensaries across the city to sell cannabis forrecreational use to residents 21 years or older starting on Jan. 1, 2020 whenrecreational cannabis becomes legal in Chicago and statewide.
“This ordinance is the first of several regulatory measures to be undertaken by theCity of Chicago establish the safe and responsible implementation of legalizedcannabis next year,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Working with community members,businesses, elected officials, and other partners at the local and state level, we willbe ensuring that legalization not only creates new revenues for our city, but alsounique opportunities for entrepreneurs from communities victimized by War onDrugs to be at the forefront of developing equity and wealth from this emergingindustry.”