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Recreational weed officially became legal in Illinois on January 1, 2020, allowing anyone who is 21 or older to purchase cannabis products for home use. While long lines and low inventory were initially common at Chicago dispensaries, buying flower, vapes and concentrates has only gotten easier as more locations open to recreational customers and supply catches up with demand. You can visit dispensaries throughout the city, each stocked with different products and staffed by knowledgeable budtenders who can help you find what you're looking for (kind of like going to a great Chicago wine shop). New dispensaries are opening as quickly as new permits are issued—and some weed-focused businesses may soon follow.
A word of warning if it's your first time buying weed in Chicago: Due to state laws, dispensaries are cash-only businesses. Some pot shops have ATMs on-site or have invested in apps that allow you to use a debit card, but it never hurts to have some cash in your wallet (and don't forget to factor in taxes). Ready to spark up? Here's where you'll find marijuana dispensaries in Chicago.