October 22, 2019
Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize adult use cannabis. Starting January 1st, 2020, it will officially be legal to buy marijuana in The Land of Lincoln. Cheddar traveled to Illinois and sat down with cannabis industry insiders, lawmakers, and entrepreneurs to see how Illinois' program is shaping up with only months left until January. And while marijuana will be legal in the new year, that doesn't mean you'll be able to purchase marijuana everywhere you go. Some local government are just saying no to recreational weed and banning the sale of cannabis within their municipal boundaries. Bob McCoppin, reporter at The Chicago Tribune, joined Cheddar to discuss. Major operators are gearing up to face increased demand in the state and potential obstacles. Mark De Souza, the CEO of Revolution Enterprises in Delavan, Illinois, spoke to Cheddar about Revolution is preparing.