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Chicago NORML Collaborates with CannaHealth Digital Magazine to produce Chicago’s First Chicago Cannabis Health & Wellness Fair on the City’s South side!

The fair offered informative panels and and workshops presented by cannabis industry experts on a wide variety topics to address the physical, mental and financial health of the community.  Look for information on the medical marijuana program, replacing opioids with cannabis, cooking with cannabis, cannabis business & investing, and pain & PTSD, CBD & Hemp and more! Check out the recap here!


Weed whacked

If Illinois legalizes recreational cannabis, David Tello plans to come home. Until he decides whether to return to his wife and two children in Peoria, Illinois, in May, he's staying in California, where he's helping his brother relaunch their cannabis company in that state's new recreational market.

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