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Sun Jun 30, 2019, 02:58 AM

Weed cafes in Illinois? People could be allowed to smoke marijuana (not tobacco) at bars, restaurant

Weed cafes in Illinois? People could be allowed to smoke marijuana (not tobacco) at bars, restaurants under new law.


Since 2008, itís been illegal to smoke indoors at most public places in Illinois. But smoking could once again be allowed at bars, restaurants, coffee shops and other businesses, even new cannabis smoke lounges and weed-friendly movie theaters and concert venues ó if local officials approve that.

Thatís under a largely overlooked provision of the new Illinois law legalizing recreational marijuana use and sales.

The law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana beginning Jan. 1 provides an exemption to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act that banned smoking at workplaces and most public places because of the health threat of secondhand smoke. A similar exemption already was in place for cigar lounges.

That means smoking once again could become commonplace at public places in Illinois, according to the lawís chief sponsor ó but only of marijuana, not tobacco, which remains largely banned at workplaces and businesses.

Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/6/28/18761645/marijuana-legalization-illinois-cannabis-smoking-ban-smoke-free-exemption

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