We’ve heard a lot of concern from people thinking Chicago residents would no longer be able to smoke weed beginning January 1, 2020. This concern didn’t just pop up out of thin air.
On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, the Black Caucus approved a bid to delay legal recreational cannabis usage until July 1, 2020 due to a lack of minority ownership of dispensary operators.
During the first round of cannabis licenses awarding, 11 entities were awarded the ability to sell recreational marijuana; all 11 of those entities are owned by white men.
According to multiple media outlets, Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot stated “I have repeatedly asked the members of the Black Caucus to devise a strategy that addresses equity. Instead, we have primarily been met with a litany of complaints but no tangible solutions…Crossing our arms and walking away is a tactic, not a strategy, and is not only unacceptable but irresponsible. Cannabis will be legalized across the state of Illinois starting on Jan. 1, and I have no intention of Chicago being left behind. It is unfortunate that the Black Caucus has chosen to remain on the sidelines.”
The following day, the bid went before the City Council and was denied. Thus, Chicago residents will still be allowed to legally smoke weed ( in accordance to local and state laws).
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker along with other African-American state lawmakers worked together to make sure social equity was a part of the recreational marijuana bill, and on May 1, 2020, 75 new cannabis licenses will be awarded to applicants, many who may possibly be applying as social equity applicants/minority owned dispensaries just like us, The Doobie Room.
The irresponsibility of the Chicago City Council debate is jaw dropping. We spent years crafting legislation that puts social equity at the core of the recreational cannabis market. Those who say otherwise are patently wrong and are insulting to me and my colleagues.— RepSonyaHarper (@RepSonyaHarper) December 18, 2019
Here at The Doobie Room, we totally understood all sides of these debates. This is why it’s vital to show your support for The Doobie Room, and other social equity applicants/future minority owned cannabis dispensaries in Chicago and Illinois. Our Doobie team is compromised of :
- African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Multi-Racial Women,
- African-American/Black and Hispanic Men
We are a diverse team from all walks of life anticipating our time to become players in Illinois’s Cannabis Industry. We are what the Chicago Black Caucus, Mayor Lightfoot, Governor Pritzer, and state lawmakers want to see in this budding industry.
Contact us if you would like to learn how you can support The Doobie Room and our parent company Halo Group as social equity applicants and a minority owned and operated cannabis dispensary/business.