Activists: Allow Licensed Pot Peddlers On The Street

Nancy Harty
January 22, 2020 - 7:39 pm
Peddler's License Marijuana

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Community activists are calling on Chicago and state government to issue peddler's licenses so that people hurt by the war on drugs can sell recreational pot legally on the street.

Mark Carter, founder of the group Voice of The Ex-Offender, came up with the idea as a way to even the playing field after none of the first round of recreational dispensary licenses went to minorities.

In May, the state aims to award many of the next 75 licenses to minority owners and investors as part of the social equity component of the new law. 

When asked about the pending action, violence interrupter Tio Hardiman replied: “Why in the hell are we in the second round, anyway? We should have been in the first round."

He was with a small group standing in front of a cannabis dispensary on the West Side. 

They argue peddler’s licenses would reduce unemployment in distressed areas and give a piece of the lucrative recreational pot business people waiting to get drug crimes expunged.

WBBM Newsradio has reached out to the governor's office for comment.