With a new law on the books, Illinois is set to officially legalize recreational marijuana next year. But first, Chicago’s mayor wants to establish where it can and cannot be sold within the state’s major urban center.
Lori Lightfoot, who was elected and assumed office as Chicago’s mayor earlier this year, will reportedly introduce an ordinance on Wednesday that will divide the city into seven separate zones that will determine where the sale of marijuana will be permitted.
According to local news channel ABC7, all of downtown Chicago will be excluded, while special consideration will be given to districts where illegal cannabis sales are prevalent. Local lawmakers say they don’t want those neighborhoods excluded from the potential economic windfall from dispensaries.
But some officials who represent the downtown districts feel snubbed by the proposal, arguing that their areas could use that additional revenue, too.
“It doesn’t make sense from a revenue perspective,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins, as quoted by ABC7. “There’s no question that we would generate the most revenue if we have dispensaries in the downtown area, also capturing money from tourists is the key to anything we are doing.”
In addition, the ordinance would limit the