Illinois cannabis dispensaries open New Year’s Day for adult-use sales



Freedom rings in the New Year, as tens of thousands of cannabis fans in the Land of Lincoln are expected to brave freezing pre-dawn temperatures in Chicago and across Illinois to smoke a piece of state history.

On Jan. 1, 2020, as early as 6 a.m. Central Standard Time, the doors open on a new era for cannabis, as the Prairie State initiates commercial sales to all adults over 21 and older with valid ID.

‘It’s going to be New Year’s Day to remember, that’s for sure.’

Edie Moore, Executive Director, Chicago NORML

The United States’ 11th legalization state is also the first to regulate retail sales through a legislative process. That makes this rollout among America’s most fully baked, since it relies on the existing medical cannabis system to serve adult-use customers swiftly and reliably.

Here’s what Illinois’ roughly one million cannabis consumers—and millions more visitors—need to know.


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