Marijuana

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

The University of Illinois and 11 community colleges statewide — more than ever — are offering courses to prepare students for jobs in the cannabis industry.
The long-awaited licenses are the first new ones to be issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration since marijuana was legalized in 2019 and sales started in 2020.
“I worked 30 years of my life in management, so I was an ideal employee, I had ambitions to move up with Zen Leaf,” said Jim Doane, an organizing employee. “But I’m an old guy and I am tired of being bullied by the bosses. I showed up early, I received praise and I worked hard for them to just fire me.”
Five people were hit with felony charges when city officials raided two pot-centric pop-up parties last week.
Lawsuits had delayed issuance of 185 social equity licenses for more than two years.
After PTS’ initial plan was deemed illegal, the clouted company partnered on the project with a social equity equity firm called Bio-Pharm. During a community meeting Tuesday, it was revealed that Bio-Pharm’s owner is the chief executive of the state’s largest relocation company.
PTS had sought to move its Consume dispensary from 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave. to 605 N. Clark St. Yet the plan was doomed by state law, so the firm is now partnering with a social equity firm in attempt to open at the former tourist attraction.
At one point Wednesday, the smoke detectors at Rise were set off by someone vaping, prompting a brief evacuation and a visit from the fire department.
Jamay Nellum-Fane first turned to the cannabinoid to deal with job-related stress and treat postpartum depression. Now she’s retired and encouraging other cops to try it.
The annual celebration of all things weed, a longstanding countercultural tradition, has now become the biggest day for legal sales.
State law prohibits the shop from opening at 605 N. Clark St. because three other dispensaries are already nearby.
Millions of passengers have flown out of Chicago since weed was fully legalized, but only a few dozen have pitched their pot in the colorful receptacles.
Cresco Labs announced plans Wednesday to take over Manhattan-based Columbia Care, marking the latest high-profile consolidation affecting Illinois’ booming cannabis business.
The recent dropoff raises concerns that limited supply and sky-high prices could be pushing consumers into the illicit market, one expert said.
After regaling a crowd about the prospect of becoming “marijuana millionaires,” state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt started Wakanna For Life, a multilevel marketing company that has since been the subject of multiple consumer complaints. The vast majority of those who paid to set up “dispensaries” through her company have made an average of just $200.
The measure, introduced Friday by state Rep. Mark Batinick, would cap the amount of THC in cannabis flower at 10% and set a 15% limit for concentrates and infused products.
Once a counterculture staple, it’s closing Jan. 31 after 52 years selling ‘smoking accessories.’ Owner Shelly Miller hoped legal weed might save the business. It didn’t.
Grants will go toward groups seeking to provide legal aid, economic development, re-entry from the criminal justice system, violence prevention and youth development.
What’s in the legal weed being sold at Illinois dispensaries? That’s what our reporters wanted to find out. That led to a deeper look at the state’s marijuana regulation.
They say the marijuana they grew was fine when it was tested soon after harvest.
Most often, the failures were for having excessive levels of mold or yeast, a Sun-Times analysis of state records shows.
Under Illinois law, consumers have the right to obtain a certificate of analysis, or “COA,” for any cannabis product for sale at a dispensary. Here’s what you need to know.
Smoking moldy weed usually won’t cause serious health problems for most people. Though reports are rare, one type of mold has caused hospitalizations and deaths.
Eight of the nine pre-rolls in Sun-Times testing tested above state limits for two or more microbiological contaminants. Four failed four different microbiological tests.