Chicago Mayor Proposes Allowance of Public Cannabis Consumption in Certain Areas

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced a proposed ordinance on Wednesday that would establish licenses for safe and legal cannabis consumption sites in the city. The proposal is described by the mayor’s office as an effort to expand economic opportunities across the city and bring more entrepreneurs into the emerging cannabis industry. Under a measure passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June, marijuana will become legal for use by adults on January 1.

“As the city prepares for legalization of adult use cannabis next month, we are working alongside the state and taking every effort to stand this industry up in a way that is safe, responsible and offers the maximum level of opportunity for Chicago’s residents and businesses,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “With this legislation, more entrepreneurs will be eligible to participate in the cannabis economy, including those who have borne the brunt of the war on drugs, and Chicago’s residents will have the opportunity to consume cannabis in a safe location.”

Under Lightfoot’s proposal, some specialty tobacco stores such as cigar shops and hookah lounges would be able to apply for a license issued by the Department of Business Affairs and

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