Activists Say Black And Brown Chicagoans Are Being Ignored In Cannabis Dispensary LicensingPosted by On

CHICAGO (CBS) — The lottery for licenses to run cannabis dispensaries in Illinois is set to happen in the next few weeks.

Gov. JB Pritzker vows there will be social equity as far as who gets those licenses. But several minority leaders call that an empty promise, and say Black and Brown Chicagoans are being ignored.

“It makes no sense that again, in 2020, Governor Pritzker, you have a Black lieutenant governor, you have a Black mayor of Chicago, you have a Black drug czar overseeing the marijuana industry here in Illinois, but you don’t have any Black-owned marijuana dispensaries?” said community activist Tio Hardiman.

“How can the mayor overlook this situation? How can the governor overlook this situation, when it’s supposed to be designed to help poor communities,” said Chicago businessman Dr. Willie Wilson.

Applicants go through a rigorous application process. A total of 700 forms were submitted, and now 75 of the applicants will move forward to the license…

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