It’s been a banner year for cannabis operators across the state, and on Tuesday, a majority of voters in six Chicago suburbs endorsed bringing recreational cannabis sales to their towns.
Many suburbs resisted allowing such operations after the state legalized the sale and use of recreational weed beginning in January. But the successful referendums in Wilmette, Mount Prospect, Batavia, Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove Village and Park Ridge are another sign that recreational cannabis is becoming more welcome across the region and is being increasingly seen as an economic development tool. Voters in Western Springs were the only ones to shoot down a cannabis proposal.
“The public acceptance of the cannabis industry on the municipal level is increasing,” according to Barbara Webb, director of MGO, a national accounting and advisory firm that just opened a Chicago office.
MGO serves cannabis operators, among other specialties, and Webb said the smooth debut of so many recreational cannabis stores and growing facilities around the Chicago area reduced the stigma once attached to the product, and the tax revenues and jobs created attract the attention of government leaders.“I can’t help but…
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