You read that headline correctly. The new Illinois medical marijuana clinic Good Intentions will have a float in Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which appears to be another first for the MMJ industry.
Float riders won’t be tossing out edibles or baggies filled with cannabis to the crowd. Instead, they’ll be giving away bead necklaces, candy footballs toy turkeys and other trinkets to parade-goers.
According to a report from DNAinfo Chicago, Good Intentions’ float will be decorated with flowers and onion grass (but no cannabis leaves, either real or fake), along with a 12-foot banner with the slogan, “Growing with Illinois.”
The big question now: How will parade-goers react to such a float at a public event full of families and children?
“We’re hoping that parents take the time to explain what medical marijuana is to their children and enlighten a younger generation of the benefits of emerging science and compassion,” Good Intentions owner Tammy Jacobi told DNAinfo.
Illinois is still in the process of licensing MMJ businesses and dispensaries, and the first dispensaries are expected to open next spring.
Good Intentions is working with potential patients interested in eventually obtaining medical marijuana.