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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

High time? Pritzker vows to sign legal recreational pot bill heading to his desk 

Once Gov. Pritzker signs the bill into law, Illinois will become the first state to approve cannabis sales through the Legislature, instead of a ballot measure.

Weed backers: State Senate passes legal pot bill, sends it to House

With just two days to go before adjournment, the Illinois Senate passed a marijuana legalization measure.

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.

Six in 10 Illinoisans want recreational pot treated ‘just like alcohol,’ poll shows

The poll comes with less than two weeks to go before the end of the legislative session — and two weeks after an anti-legalization poll showed different results.

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.

Fact-check: Democrat blowing smoke with claim of decreased teen marijuana use

Cassidy sent us an email promising an aide would "share the studies out of Colorado," but nothing arrived as of our deadline.

Poll: Support for legal pot thinning

Illinois residents might not be all that high on legalizing recreational marijuana.

Take a deep dive into the facts and reject marijuana legalization

Legalizing and commercializing marijuana brings in a multi-billion-dollar industry — and that does nothing for social justice.

Madigan: Parts of legal pot bill ‘very controversial’ — passage ‘not guaranteed’

Madigan said the decision process for which businesses will receive new licenses would affect the vote as well.

State Rep. Moylan on recreational marijuana: Not so fast

"There's other ways to generate revenue," said state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines.

EDITORIAL: Before the Good Ship Cannabis sets sail, stop up every possible leak

At this point, the marijuana legislation looks like a solid effort to capitalize on the positive potential of a new law. It needs to stay that way.

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.

Pritzker, Dems introduce bill to legalize marijuana statewide

The bill, which includes sweeping criminal and social justice considerations, would allow for the expungement of roughly 800,000 weed convictions.

Target date to legally buy marijuana is Jan. 1, but details of bill still hazy

Rep. Kelly Cassidy said she hopes the bill would be approved by the General Assembly by the end of May.

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.

Full, 300-page pot legalization bill could be introduced in Illinois within days

"We’re still on track and are hoping to have something to introduce this week," the bill's co-sponsor, state Rep. Cassidy, said Monday.

Spring break ending, legislators go to pot, gambling, Pritzker’s budget

Lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday to begin tackling Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal, including his call to legalize recreational marijuana.

State’s marijuana momentum on display at 4/20 street fest — but pot smoke isn’t

"How can you have all of this but not the thing that this festival is about?" one miffed attendee asked.

What to do in Chicago on 4/20 (aside from the obvious option)

There are a variety of ways for Chicagoans to ring in the "high" holiday this year, including a street festival in the Uptown community.

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.

Foxx could start pot expungements in months; will also review weed sales cases

Foxx told the Sun-Times she plans to work with a San Francisco-based nonprofit to identify and wipe clean the misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

A for-profit recreational marijuana industry would imperil Illinois youth

A vote for marijuana commercialization in this state is a vote against our youth and our state’s future.

How legalized pot can help heal wounds inflicted on black and brown communities

Chicago NORML supports a direct redistribution of cannabis tax dollars into the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs.

Legal pot no pipe dream for Pritzker — hopes to pass ‘strong good bill’ in weeks

The Chicago Democrat hopes to get a recreational marijuana bill passed before the end of the spring legislative session — some seven weeks away.

Grow ‘em if you got ‘em? Pritzker OK with some homegrown pot—not basement farms

After a bit more of laughter, Pritzker took a position: "People should have home grow, but the question is how much?"

Reputed El Chapo lieutenant doesn’t want kingpin’s name uttered during his trial

Allowing prosecutors to mention El Chapo or the Sinaloa Cartel would prejudice jurors, lawyers for reputed cartel lieutenant tell judge in Chicago.

Illinois Senate committee OKs pot legalization bill without releasing details

Senate Bill 7 is what is referred to as a "shell bill," or a vehicle to be amended with substantial language in the future.