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Chicago Mayor Wants to Keep Cannabis Out of City’s Core

September 18, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — When the adult use of marijuana becomes legal in Illinois, Chicago’s mayor wants its sale banned in the central business district, near schools and in residential areas.

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The bans are in zoning rules proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. However, Alderman Brendan Reilly, who represents the business district in the City Council, says because of an $838 million budget gap Chicago can’t afford to declare its central business district off-limits. He says a limited number of downtown cannabis retailers are needed.

Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar says a downtown “exclusion zone” is justified because of its high density of business and tourists.

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