ILLINOIS —Illinois has awarded the first five licenses for medical dispensaries to sell marijuana for recreational use when it becomes legal Jan. 1.
The state is expected to award dozens more licenses in the coming weeks.
Illinois awarded its first licenses to sell recreational marijuana to five medical dispensaries on Thursday, even as many municipalities around the state, including Freeport, debate whether they’ll even allow pot sales.
The new law will allow Illinois residents to have up to 30 grams (1.05 ounces) of cannabis flower and up to 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of cannabis concentrate.
All of the licenses are going to Green Thumb Industries dispensaries, including one in Naperville, where the City Council is considering a ban on retail sales. Green Thumb has medical dispensaries operating under the name 3C Compassionate Care in Naperville and Joliet.
Other facilities awarded licenses are Clinic Mundelein, Salveo Health & Wellness in downstate Canton and Clinic Effingham.
Starting Jan. 1 they will all have the state’s permission to sell marijuana to anyone over age 21.