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Cannabis is a growing industry in Chicago and Illinois. Here's our comprehensive coverage, from the legalization of recreational marijuana to cooking with cannabis.

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Under pressure, Lightfoot scales back plan to prohibit pot sales in downtown area

While the "exclusion zone" for recreational pot shops would stretch slightly farther north under the revised ordinance, dispensaries could now open much closer to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue.

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Preckwinkle: No ‘magic wand’ to solve problem of disappearing health care money

Preckwinkle laid the blame for the county’s health care problem on other hospitals, President Donald Trump and former Gov. Bruce Rauner, "bless his rotten heart."

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A parents’ guide: What to know, do if your kid is vaping

Even parents who know their kids are vaping can find it near impossible to figure out what their children are inhaling into their lungs. That can be true even if they find the device.

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No layoffs or tax hikes in Preckwinkle’s $6.1B county budget — but also no pot revenue or gambling jackpot

The proposed budget does find funding for new county employees to work on taxpayer appeals of property assessments and expunging past cannabis convictions.

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Sister of cancer patient caught with 42 pounds of pot edibles pleads for clemency: ‘We don’t feel that the punishment... should be his life’

Thomas Franzen could be released from prison as early as June of 2021 but family members say he could be dead before that.

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Lightfoot’s plan to ban pot sales in downtown Chicago under fire at city’s 1st public meeting on proposed zoning rules

"There are so many people with disabilities who could benefit from recreational marijuana, and we can’t get to the local stores," said Bryen Yunashko, who is blind and deaf.

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$682M sale of Chicago pot company goes up in smoke, would have been largest deal in industry history

The sale of Loop-based Pharmacann to a California company will not go forward, but MedMen will still acquire more pot licenses in Chicago.

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Counterfeit THC vape operation busted in Milwaukee; police find $900,000 in closet

The arrests came as doctors scramble to figure out what’s causing severe lung damage in more than 1,000 people who said they recently vaped THC or nicotine or both.

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Number of pot jobs in Illinois to grow to 63,000 by 2025, report says

That will be a huge increase from the current number working — legally — in the medical marijuana industry, reports New Frontier Data.

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Vaping illness outbreak a ‘crisis,’ but no need to ban THC vapes, state’s new pot czar says

"I don’t want to push people into trying to figure out how to get things off-market and illicitly," state Sen. Toi Hutchinson told the Sun-Times.

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Wanna open a pot shop in Illinois? Here’s how to apply

Up to 75 new dispensary licenses will be issued by the state by May 1.

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How a California company is buying up marijuana grow centers in Illinois — without a cultivation license

Three of the first seven recreational growing facilities licensed by the state will soon be owned by a publicly traded real estate investor with hundreds of millions in assets.

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Black market THC cartridges sold as ‘Dank Vapes’ tied to illness outbreak in Illinois, U.S.

"The outbreak currently is pointing to a greater concern around THC-containing products," said the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat.

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Ald. Reilly proposes compromise to keep recreational marijuana sales off Michigan Ave. but in Loop

The plan would cap the number of dispensaries at "three or four" and keep the lid in place "until minority-owned businesses and new market-entrants are ready to come and compete," the alderman said.

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State Sen. Toi Hutchinson appointed as Illinois’ pot czar

Hutchinson will oversee the state’s recreational cannabis program after resigning her 40th District Senate seat.

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Medical pot clinic gets OK to move steps from Wrigley Field

The MedMar clinic plans to reopen in a larger building that currently houses John Barleycorn on Clark Street.

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Despite pressure from all sides, Lightfoot determined to keep recreational marijuana sales out of downtown Chicago

‘If you had a two-story liquor store on Michigan Avenue, I think people would rightfully be offended by that,’ the mayor said.

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Restaurant group opposes plan for on-site consumption of recreational marijuana at bars, restaurants

Illinois Restaurant Association president Sam Toia says only so many consumption licenses will be awarded by the city of Chicago, and the restaurants and bars that get them will have an unfair advantage.

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Can CBD from marijuana relieve pain? Government is spending $3 million to find out.

‘The science is lagging behind the public use and interest,’ said Dr. David Shurtleff of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, which is funding the projects. ‘We’re doing our best to catch up here.’

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Wanna allow weed cafes in your town? Hold on — lawmakers are planning a rewrite of pot law

The law legalizing recreational pot contained an exemption seemingly allowing marijuana smoking in bars and restaurants, alarming health advocates.

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Sweeping ordinance allows public pot use in licensed Chicago businesses, but Lightfoot ally says it was mistakenly introduced

Ald. Villegas’ plan would allow consumption in cannabis showrooms, licensed bars and even in the offices of doctors and "beauty professionals."

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Banning pot shops from downtown ensures Loop remains ‘family friendly,’ Lightfoot says

The mayor also wants to ensure the shops are evenly distributed throughout the city.

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High-powered lobbyist has stake in weed dispensary — and he’s looking to open more

Ted Brunsvold, the son of the late state Rep. Joel Brunsvold, has represented 3M Corporation, Dish Network and Allstate Insurance, according to state records. His investment in the marijuana industry hasn’t previously been reported.

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How much marijuana in that pot brownie? Candy bar? Chocolate can throw off potency tests

Something about chocolate, chemists say, seems to interfere with marijuana potency testing. A chocolate labeled as 10 milligrams of THC could have far more and send someone to the emergency room with hallucinations.

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No weed shops in the Central Business District under Lightfoot’s proposed recreational marijuana zoning rules

The mayor would also prohibit the sale of legal weed in the Central Business District, within 500 feet of schools and in districts zoned ‘residential.’

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Tight-knit female lawmakers behind legal marijuana have new nickname

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, admitting she’s the most foul-mouthed of the group, said she came up with the name as a counterweight to a more wholesome moniker that had been ascribed to them.

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20 more victims of mysterious vaping illness reported in Illinois, officials say

Both marijuana opponents and supporters say they want to see more regulation of vape products containing THC.

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Marijuana while pregnant? It’s far more common and concerning than many realize

Doctors are especially worried because THC – tetrahydrocannabinol, the ingredient in marijuana that gets people high – crosses the placenta. That means babies’ brains could be being altered.

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Vitamin E oil a ‘key focus’ in vaping-related illness investigations

FDA senior advisor Michael Felberbaum emphasized in a statement late Thursday that no substance, including vitamin E acetate, has been identified in the more than 100 samples the federal agency is testing.

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My suburb is going to pot. How about yours?

It’s a no-brainer that Chicago will have dispensaries. It’s a tougher call for the more conservative suburbs.

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Naperville bans recreational pot sales

3C Compassionate Care Center, a medical marijuana dispensary on Quincy Avenue, will be allowed to continue its medical operation.

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Pot use booming among older Americans as Illinois prepares for legalization

American baby boomers are now using marijuana at the same rate as kids ages 12 to 17, according to the most recent federal survey on drug use.