The recreational marijuana bill approved by state lawmakers allows Illinois’ 55 existing medical marijuana shops to buy an additional license and start selling recreational pot next year.
Pritzker hopes on January 1 to have more outlets available. It is very clear that the 55 medical marijuana storefronts is going to be insufficient to serve the demand, even though this is the quickest way to get the doors open.
Where to buy:
Chicago Area Legal Pot Map – https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=19jePEpE51pRG79HaihNzS6kDR89W1xVb&usp=sharing
As part of the early approval process — aimed at ensuring that dispensaries are open and stocked with marijuana when sales kick off — existing dispensaries can pony up $30,000 to apply for a license to sell both medical and recreational weed at a single location. The dispensary will then have to pay $100,000 or 3% of its yearly sales to the cannabis business development fund, which will help subsidize licensing fees and loans for people of color looking to get into the industry.