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Illinois Is Already Getting A Weed Lounge, Just Weeks After Legalizing

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news  |  Jan 24, 2020

Illinois Is Already Getting a Weed Lounge, Just Weeks After Legalizing

Springfield just became the first municipality in Illinois to approve an on-site pot lounge, while plans to approve public consumption spaces in Chicago have been put on the back burner.

Springfield just became the first municipality in Illinois to approve an on-site pot lounge, while plans to approve public consumption spaces in Chicago have been put on the back burner.

Just weeks after Illinois opened the green flood gates of adult-use cannabis, the city of Springfield announced its approval of the state's first on-site pot lounge.

This past Tuesday, the Springfield City Council approved a request by the Illinois Supply & Provisions (IS&P) dispensary to open a cannabis consumption area on its premises. The new lounge will be constructed in a separate space within the same building that IS&P currently occupies in downtown Springfield. The company will develop the new space over the next few months, but has yet to announce an opening date.

Like most adult-use states, Illinois prohibits public pot consumption, a restriction that applies to parks, bars, restaurants, hotels, sidewalks, and streets. Landlords are also allowed to prohibit tenants from smoking weed, and state law prevents occupants of public housing from smoking up in their own homes. These restrictions make it difficult for tourists, or for any Illinoisan who doesn't own a home, to legally partake in the state's newly-legal weed world.

Source: https://merryjane.com/news/illinois-is-already-getting-a-weed-lounge-just-weeks-after-legalizing

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