Recreational cannabis

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There are just weeks left until adult-use recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois. While many consumers have been looking forward to that day since lawmakers passed the legislation in May, cultivators have been scrambling to prepare for the demand.

WCBU’s Dana Vollmer visited one central Illinois producer to see how preparation efforts are going.

The sale of recreational marijuana in the City of Peoria moved a step closer to reality last night. 

The only Central Illinois dispensary so far approved to sell recreational marijuana on January 1 said they'll have plenty of product on Day 1...but you might not be able to smoke it. 

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The Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending approval of recreational cannabis sales at two locations.

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The Pekin City Council approved zoning provisions for recreational cannabis businesses at its meeting Monday.

Recreational marijuana businesses have been a hot-button topic for many municipalities around the state. But it appears everyone is on the same page in Woodford County. 

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved Revolution Global's Delavan cultivation center to grow recreational cannabis.

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Revolution Global CEO Mark de Souza sees good signs for the future of cannabis in Illinois.

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Revolution Global is adding housing to its list of properties in Delavan. 

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Revolution Global announced Tuesday it will double the capacity of its Delavan cannabis cultivation facility using $28.75 million in capital expansion funds from a Nevada-based real estate startup. 

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As recreational marijuana becomes legal on January 1, employers are looking to adapt. 

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More than half of Peoria falls under a program meant to help communities most impacted by the War on Drugs have a fair shot at participating in Illinois’ legal cannabis market. 

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When recreational cannabis becomes legal next year, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to have their criminal records wiped clean without lifting a finger.