Illinois Kicks off Legalization the Right Way, With Pardons

Illinois Kicks off Legalization the Right Way, With Pardons

Wednesday was the first of January, and in the current era, another New Year almost always means another new state where recreational cannabis is legal. 2020 was Illinois’s turn, and for the most part, everything went to script, following the routine established in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, and (most) of the other 10 states that have legalized small amounts of recreational cannabis for adults 21 and over, and permitted said adults to purchase legal weed in stores. (More than three years after its citizens legalized, we’re still waiting on Maine to open a recreational dispensary.) Illinois hit all the predictable notes. Long lines of eager cannabis customers in the chilly predawn, queued up outside the nearest of the state’s three dozen dispensaries (and some would-be purchasers taking one look and turning back around for home, or for the underground market). VIPs making the first celebratory and heavily documented purchases — in a mild twist, here’s an actual elected official, Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, picking up some edibles at Cresco Labs’s dispensary in Chicago — and then a flurry of news items totaling the first day of legal sales: 77,128 purchases, for a total of just shy of $3.2…

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