Chicago Officials Considering Only Letting Cannabis Licensees Sell Hemp-Derived THC Products
- Ganjapreneur Sep 18, 2023
The Chicago City Council is considering a proposal that would only allow businesses with state-issued cannabis licenses to sell hemp-derived cannabis products containing THC.
Businesses without cannabis licenses would still be able to sell hemp products with minimal levels of delta-9 THC but would face restrictions on advertising and calling themselves dispensaries.
The proposal comes in response to the popularity of unregulated THC products and is aimed at addressing what Ald. Brian Hopkins calls a public health crisis.
Violations of the ordinance could result in fines of up to $5,000, license suspension or revocation, and product seizures by the police. State Rep. La Shawn Ford argues that the proposal would lead to job losses and create an illicit market.
The Chicago, Illinois City Council is considering a proposal that would allow only businesses that hold a state issued cannabis license to sell hemp-derived cannabis products that contain THC, including delta-8, delta-10, and THC-O, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Businesses without cannabis licenses would still be allowed to sell hemp products with negligible amounts of delta-9, but would not be allowed to advertise the sale of THC, use images associated with cannabis, or call themselves dispensaries.
Second Ward Ald. Brian Hopkins, chair of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said the ordinance is needed to address “a public health crisis” that has emerged as the sales of the unregulated products become more popular.
“We have to act immediately, and this problem has a fairly clear sequence of steps that need to be taken. These are businesses, they’re not drug dealers that can…