Illinois Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chicago mayor wants to prohibit rec cannabis stores downtown

Chicago’s mayor wants the city to ban recreational marijuana stores in the central business district, a move that could hurt sales downtown. The bans are in zoning rules proposed this week by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat. The “exclusion” zones also would prohibit adult-use MJ sales within 500 feet of schools and in residential neighborhoods, […]

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Cresco Labs, Origin House near closing cannabis deal

Cresco Labs, the Chicago-based multistate marijuana operator, said its acquisition of Canada’s Origin House, a major MJ distributor in California, is significantly closer to completion following further compliance with antitrust requirements. The two companies are now set to compete the transaction by Nov. 15 at the latest. Cresco agreed to acquire Origin House, based in […]

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Cresco Labs acquires marijuana company Tryke for $282.5 million

Chicago-based Cresco Labs said it is buying Tryke, a vertically integrated private cannabis company active in Nevada and Arizona, for $282.5 million. Here are the basics around the announcement: The $282.5 million price tag is made up of $55 million in cash and the balance in stock. Tryke posted revenue of $70.4 million in fiscal […]

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Illinois providing safety training to adult-use cannabis sellers

Illinois officials authorized 26 businesses to provide health and safety training to recreational marijuana retailers, including existing medical cannabis operators, in advance of the adult-use program launch on Jan. 1. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced the list of “responsible vendors.” A statement from the agency said “at least half” the approved providers […]

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Cannabis industry insiders brace for potential fallout as health officials report new vaping deaths, issue warnings

U.S. health officials were once again cautioning the public to refrain from using vaping products as related respiratory illnesses and even deaths continued to be disclosed last week. As of Friday, officials linked at least five fatalities to e-cigarettes and electronic marijuana vaping devices. The outbreak has some in the cannabis industry expecting at least a […]

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Week in Review: New L.A. cannabis retail permit round, MMJ license race hot in MO, IL restricts electricity/water use for MJ growers & more

Los Angeles opens the next marijuana licensing round for 100 retail permits, Missouri growers and dispensary licensee applicants face fierce competition, Illinois restricts cannabis electricity and water use for MJ growers – and more of the week’s top cannabis business news. 100 MJ retail permits up for grabs in L.A. The rush is on for another […]

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Illinois restricts cannabis electricity and water use

Illinois, the latest state to legalize recreational marijuana, is tightening its laws on electricity and water usage for cannabis growers. A state law signed by Gov. Jay Pritzker places limits on the amount of water and electricity growers can use as well as setting requirements for water runoff and wastewater. The law applies to both […]

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Illinois licenses first five adult-use marijuana retailers

Illinois awarded its first licenses to businesses that can sell recreational cannabis when it becomes legal in the state next year. State regulators announced the five medical marijuana dispensaries where residents will be able to buy small amounts of recreational marijuana products starting Jan. 1. The first group of licensees are all owned by Chicago-based […]

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Green Thumb reports increased cannabis revenue on net quarter loss

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a vertically integrated, multistate marijuana company based in Chicago, on Wednesday reported revenue of $44.7 million for the second quarter, up 228% from the same period a year ago. Net loss for the quarter, ending June 30, was $22.2 million, compared with a net loss of $9.7 million in the first quarter […]

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Green Thumb completes $60 million marijuana firm acquisition

Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries (GTI) announced Monday it completed its $59.6 million cash and stock acquisition of Fiorello Pharmaceuticals, one of 10 companies approved to operate a medical cannabis company in New York. Green Thumb purchased New York City-based Fiorello in a transaction involving $46 million in cash and 1.7 million shares. Fiorello’s assets include: […]

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Cresco Labs reports increased marijuana revenue, net quarter loss

Cresco Labs, a multistate cannabis company based in Chicago, on Wednesday reported revenue of $29.9 million for the second quarter, up 253% from the same period a year ago. Net loss for the quarter, ending June 30, was $3.9 million, compared with net income of $1.6 million for the prior-year period. Cresco trades on the Canadian […]

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