SKOKIE, IL — There’s no denying that the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois six months ago has been profitable. Spending on cannabis statewide has been sky high, cannabis consumers spending well over $300 million on weed since January, according to estimates.
In Skokie, officials voted to allow up to two cannabis retail sales licenses at a single time. Patch reported last year a former bank at the corner of Old Orchard Road and Skokie Boulevard is being eyed by cannabis firm Grassroots as a location for a recreational dispensary, but it has yet to receive a license.Grassroots is currently building a flagship location in Northbrook.
And now, amid the coronavirus pandemic and the recession that began in February, some north suburban municipalities that were lukewarm to allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries in their towns last year are reconsidering their “no” votes. Members of the Highland Park City Council and the Arlington Heights Village Board were both set to discuss relaxing their local retail cannabis prohibitions at meetings Monday.
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