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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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3 other states, numerous public pension funds aiming to profit off legal weed in Illinois

Tennessee has invested even though Republican Gov. Bill Lee opposed a move in that state to legalize even medical marijuana. The other state governments: Texas and Alaska.

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Here are 5 of the best marijuana strains in Illinois

Yes, Gelato is on the list — but the state has many more to offer, experts say.

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Pot bill sponsor sees no conflict in spouse’s new job

Candace Gingrich will serve as vice president and head of business development for Revolution Florida, a sister company to Illinois-based Revolution Enterprises. Gingrich will also serve as the company’s ambassador to the LGBTQ community.

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The Whole Foods of weed? Illinois cannabis company aims to shift perception of its clinics, stores

Cresco Labs, which holds 56 dispensary licenses across nine states, unveiled the Sunnyside brand Monday.

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Pritzker to review pardon plea from cancer victim who sent 42 pounds of pot-laced chocolates to his home

The day before lawmakers voted to lift the statewide prohibition on pot, Thomas J. Franzen pleaded guilty to having the THC-infused edibles sent to his home in 2014.

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Pot goes mainstream at major investor conference in Chicago: ‘It definitely seems like it’s legitimized’

Absent from the Chicago event were stoner-types donning tie-dyed T-shirts or any other vestiges of the hippie subculture that has long been associated with pot use in America.

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Chicago marijuana company purchased in deal worth $875 million

Massachusetts-based Curaleaf cited the "deep experience in the Midwest market" of Chicago-based Grassroots Cannabis in the acquisition.

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Former Tribune CEO tapped to chair board of suburban pot company

Tony Hunter was named chairman of Revolution Enterprise, a multi-state cannabis firm headquartered in west suburban Elmhurst.

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Weed 101? New law could pave way for future college students to really major in marijuana

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Jay-Z partners with California cannabis company, looks to hire formerly incarcerated

Jay-Z’s role will consist of driving creative direction, outreach efforts and strategy for the brand.

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New study finds teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws

Research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens’ odds of using pot.

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Every town should ban pot in public places

Legislators thought video gambling would be limited only to bars, restaurants and veteran organizations. But video gambling machines are everywhere.

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Kelly Cassidy — ‘in the game’ to win

From sexual harassment to reproductive rights to marijuana legalization, the North Side Democrat has been at the forefront as the state grapples with one critical issue after another.

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Weed cafes in Illinois? People could be allowed to smoke marijuana (not tobacco) at bars, restaurants under new law.

Legalization includes an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act ban on indoor smoking, letting cities decide whether to allow on-site use at bars, restaurants, theaters, even new cannabis smoke lounges.

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Legal pot poses pet risk: Vets warn eating marijuana sickens — and could ultimately kill — dogs

THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana, is toxic to dogs. Ingestion of THC by animals can cause vomiting, incoordination, depression, sleepiness or excitation, low blood pressure, low body temperature and seizures, according to the veterinary organization.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, State Sen. Heather Steans, State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, and State Rep. Kelly Cassidy hold up legislation that makes Illinois the nation’s 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana
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High sign for legal pot — Pritzker inks bill making Illinois 11th state to allow recreational reefer

Illinois residents 21 and over will be able to buy marijuana at dispensaries as soon as Jan. 1.

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Weed will soon be legal in Illinois. So what pot issues will lawmakers take up next?

Many of the other states that have legalized recreational marijuana now allow for the drug to be delivered to users’ homes, as well as grown there. One leading lawmaker says those potentially contentious issues will be addressed down the road.

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From K-Cups to beef ramen, here’s some surprising pot products you’ll be able to buy soon

There will be a variety of ways you’ll be able get high when marijuana is fully legalized next year.

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What’s legal weed gonna cost in Illinois? A lot

Both taxes and an expected supply shortage could result in pricy recreational pot products when the drug is fully legalized in Illinois at the start of next year.

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He was 30 years ahead of his time on legalizing marijuana

In 1989, former Cook County assistant state’s attorney, Jim Gierach, publicly advocated the legalization of marijuana.

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Want to work in the legal pot industry? Here’s who’s hiring right now

Illinois marijuana companies have a slew of job openings and plan to fill hundreds more in the coming months.

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Black entrepreneurs fear pot bill unfairly benefits current sellers, leaves others with just ‘a few crumbs’

The advantages are "a pretty big giveaway to the industry, giving them a serious, significant head start, and potentially a monopoly," one says.

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Here's where you will (likely) be able to buy legal weed in the Chicago area Jan. 1

A bill approved by state lawmakers allows Illinois’ 55 existing medical marijuana shops to buy an additional license and start selling recreational pot next year.

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When can I buy pot in Illinois? How much can I buy? Your questions answered 

Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize recreational weed Friday. Here’s what you need to know about the bill Gov. Pritzker says he will sign.

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Clearing 800,000 Illinois people of convictions makes sense if pot is legalized

Senate Bill 7 would undertake tangible steps towards achieving racial equity, justice and opportunity in Illinois.

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My visit to a retail cannabis store in Los Angeles: Lots of products, hipster vibe

As Illinois ponders legalizing recreational pot, I checked out a hip store selling a variety of products.

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Legal pot concerns: Everything from impaired driving to erectile dysfunction?

Pro-pot legislators are still hoping to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana by the end of the month, but they are heading back to the negotiating table in hopes of stubbing out a flurry of objections.

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Medical marijuana growers see budding opportunity in legalizing recreational pot

A medical marijuana cultivation center in Elk Grove Village is financially banking on the state legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Legal hemp to sprout in Illinois this summer, could become $1B industry: gov

Illinois accepting applications to farm industrial hemp, which was criminalized nationally in 1937.

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Chicago’s Cresco Labs buys Canadian cannabis chain for $823 million

Cresco Labs will gain the rights to 50 brands and more than 500 dispensaries from Origin House, which primarily operates in California.

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Chicago native Dale Talde goes from ‘Top Chef’ to pot chef

Dale Talde and two other "Top Chef" alums will face off in Tuesday's series premiere of "Bong Appetit: Cookoff" on Viceland.

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Marijuana ER visits climb in Denver hospital study

In 2012, the ER saw an average of one patient every other day with a marijuana-caused problem. By 2016, the count was two to three per day.