The days when having a pot shop in a map illustration is considered a rarity is coming to a close as the US works on proper legislation on legal marijuana across the country. One of the more recent efforts to proper legislation is in Chicago, where the city has just updated the areas in its territory where recreational marijuana cannot be sold.
The downtown area has its own exclusion zone, which ends at the west side of State Street as its western boundary, Division Street for the north, Lake Michigan itself for the eastern end, as well as the entire Loop down south to Van Buren.
Meanwhile, members of Chicago’s Black Caucus are still working to delay the sale of pot in the city until July 1, 2020, saying that they want to make sure that the city’s 11 dispensaries and minority business owners are on an even playing field when pot sales go live.
Black Caucus Chai Jason Ervin says that their end goal is to make sure that people like them actually make profit. The delay, he says, would allow black business owners to catch up with other operators.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says that the solution might be in Springfield, with Mayor Lightfoot saying that, if the aldermen should’ve been more active in the legislation.
Ervin says that they weren’t late, adding that the law allowed for some flexibility on the matter, emphasizing that the zoning aspect on the matter needs to go through, and people that want to participate need to know where these are.
Cannabis shops can open outside these zones, but they need to go through the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, or attempt to change zoning then go to the Board. Prior iterations of the city rules allow for more cannabis businesses to set up shop in Chicago’s manufacturing areas, adding pot shops to city map illustration, without additional approvals.
The new rules were considered a great compromise by Alderman, with people noting that most of the 11 dispensaries operating in Chicago are run by white males, noting that there’s a lot that people can do to let people talk about their perspective on equity.