Are you in a weed zone? Dispensary ordinance offers details – Chicago Agent magazine


Tomorrow, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will introduce an ordinance to manage where and when dispensaries can begin selling recreational marijuana to adults in Chicago, complete with a list of “cannabis zones” and one area where weed sales will not be permitted.

Zoning regulations as currently written will restrict cannabis businesses from popping up within 500 feet of a school or anywhere in a strictly residential zoning district. They also exclude operators from opening up downtown; specifically, the “exclusion zone” is south of Oak Street north of Ida B. Wells Drive. On the west side of downtown, LaSalle will be the River North boundary and the Chicago River will function as such for the Loop.

The new ordinance establishes seven cannabis zones citywide that include the entire geography of the city. The mayor outlined these initial cannabis zones in a press release today:  

North District: city limits to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Division Street to the south and Interstate 90/94 to the west. Central District: Division Street to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Interstate 55 to the south and Interstate 90/94 to the west. Southeast District: Interstate 55 to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, 87th Street to the south and Interstate 90/94 to the west. Far South District: 87th Street to the north, Lake Michigan to the east and the city limits to the south and west. Southwest District: Interstate 55 to the north, Interstate 90/94 to the east, 87th Street to the south and the city limits to the west. West District: Division Street to the north, Interstate 90/94 to the east, Interstate 55 to the south and the city limits to the west. Northwest District: city limits to the north, Interstate 90/94 to the east, Division Street to the south and the city

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