Illinoisans and tourists on their way to visit, prepare to taste some of the roaring 420s as adult-use cannabis legalization enters its first non-pandemic summer in the Land of Lincoln.
Retail cannabis stores opened joyfully on Jan. 1, 2020, and no one had any idea of the toilet paper shortages that would soon follow.
Thankfully, regulators deemed cannabis stores essential last year. Over 100 medical shops that flipped to “rec” served more and more customers coming in from illicit markets. Medical and wellness patients can just buy cannabis over-the-counter (as they should—it’s less toxic than aspirin). All recreational weed in Illinois must be lab-tested and is for adults 21 and over with valid I.D.
The 17-month-old Illinois rec market did $115…
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