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Black Chicago politicos raise social equity concerns in recreational cannabis space

Some African-American aldermen in Chicago are concerned that the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois on Jan. 1 will give white retail store owners an advantage. The aldermen said that social equity components of Illinois’ adult-use marijuana law don’t encourage minority participation and they encourage a delay in the launch of the new industry, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire dealt setback

In the latest setback to legalize the sale of adult-use marijuana in New Hampshire, a state Senate Judiciary Committee recommended by a 4-0 vote to not move forward on a legalization bill that needs to be “fixed,” according to state Sen. Harold French, a Republican, who has been an ardent supporter of legalization in the past. The full Senate will consider the recommendation in January, the Valley News reported.