Chicagoans seeking to grab a bag of legal weed when sales kick off on New Year’s Day will most likely face extended lines at the handful of shops — much less than a dozen — that are anticipated to be open.
The buzzkill comes in the kind of new city guidelines announced Monday which make it clear that the city’s 11 current healthcare pot shops will most likely be the only locations to acquire recreational pot come Jan. 1. A supply at the Zoning Board of Appeals confirmed that will in all probability be the case.
Below the state legalization law, current operators can convert current healthcare cannabis dispensaries into dual-use shops and open added recreational shops for each and every license they presently hold.
The new guidelines outline a unique-use permit lottery scheduled for Nov. 15 that will enable operators in the Chicago location to determine which of the city’s seven designated districts for recreational dispensaries they intend to move into. The quantity of recreational pot shops in each and every district will initially be capped at seven but could be elevated to 14 by May perhaps 1, when a further batch of licenses is produced out there to firms that do not currently have an interest in the state’s pot game. [Read more at Chicago Sun-Times]