No Pot Sales Downtown, Under Lightfoot Plan

Craig Dellimore
September 17, 2019 - 5:16 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed zoning rules that would restrict recreational marijuana dispensaries from opening in the city’s downtown.

Sales of cannabis to adults become legal in Illinois Jan. 1.

Under the mayor’s proposal, dispensaries would be banned in the downtown area, including the Mag Mile; in residential areas; and within 500 feet of a school.

Lightfoot’s proposed rules will need to clear the City Council. Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd Ward, said Tuesday that some downtown sites should be considered. He agrees recreational marijuana dispensaries would not be appropriate on Michigan Avenue or the State Street corridor, but says there could be other tourist- and commuter-friendly spots in the downtown worth considering.

“Mayor Lightfoot wants to promote equity, with the cannabis ordinance – so do I,” he said. “But again, if we’re going to welcome recreational pot dispensaries to the city of Chicago, I just want to make sure there’s a significant revenue upside for the city.”