The sale of legal marijuana in Chicago won’t be delayed. A group of black aldermen are upset that currently all the owners of marijuana dispensaries in the city and state are white. The State’s Cannabis Czar Toi Hutchinson won’t dispute the fact but she and other supporters of a push for social equity in the second round dispensary licensee says the state needed phase one in order to increase the diversity of the industry.
The ordinance delaying sales was passed out of the committee by the Aldermanic black caucus but failed to reach enough support to move forward. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was against any delay in the roll-out of legal sales.