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Kiana Hughes, Education Director for Chicago NORML in the latest issue of CannaHealth Magazine

Kiana Hughes, Education Director for Chicago NORML in the latest issue of CannaHealth Magazine

Chicago NORML's Donte Townsend on the Legalization of Cannabis in Illinois

Donte Townsend is the communications director for Chicago NORML, a regional chapter of the NORML Foundation that specifically strives to educate and motivate communities of color to destigmatize and accept the cannabis plant as a vehicle for health, wellness, political and economic empowerment.

Chicago NORML Named Outstanding NORML Chapter of 2018!


Just in time to celebrate our 1st anniversary, our members took the Hill by storm and attended NORML's National Conference and Lobby Day.  They participated in panel discussions and met with lawmakers to expand and inform discussions about cannabis legalization and equity programs. 


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OCT 2018

What a busy month! We met so many people and had fun watching the lightbulbs go on when folks discover what cannabis legalization could actually mean to them and their community.


SEPT 2018

We took a little vaca time in August. But back in September with a new format and new ideas to implement. Catch up with Nick’s recap!


JULY 2018

Rounding the corner into Summertime Chi and we ain't slowing down!  Did you miss something?  Catch the recaps below by CN member/resident blogger Kohl Neal and member/resident podcaster Nick's Picks!


Proposed Cannabis Social Equity Program Components

  • increase diversity & accountability for cannabis businesses

  • reduce barriers to entry & increase potential for successful operation

  • expand license types

  • automatic expungement of cannabis convictions

  • define disproportionately impacted areas (dia)

  • create cannabis equity commission

  • create & develop cannabis apprenticeship training programs

  • community benefits agreements for cannabis businesses

  • create cannabis zones, marketplaces & entertainment districts

Equity First Alliance

An Open Letter about Equity and Justice in Cannabis

click to view the letter