Take a look at this video below where Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and I speak about the ordinance I introduced at the last Board Meeting to create the Cook County Cannabis Commission.
The work of the Cannabis Commission will be very far-reaching, and we will be committed to developing strategies to spur investment and re-investment in the Disproportionately Impacted Areas of the County – areas that have been ravaged by prior criminal drug policies in Illinois. That investment will bring true social equity. We will continue to share more information about the Cannabis Commission in the coming days – stay tuned!
About the Cook County Cannabis Commission:
We know that cannabis will impact all 135 municipalities in Cook County whether through direct recreational sales, the niche industries which will form as result, or both. Cook County has large areas classified as Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) – or areas ravaged by prior criminal drug policies in Illinois – where our constituents affected by these policies need advocacy regarding social justice and social equity. The Cook County Cannabis Commission will develop strategies to spur investment and reinvestment into the disproportionately impacted areas. This effort will require elected officials like me and my colleagues on all levels to work proactively to ensure true equity through action and inclusion. This Cook County Cannabis Commission will analyze and offer recommendations regarding cannabis-related issues ranging from Social Equity, Economic Development and Inclusion, Criminal Justice Reform, and Public Health. You can read more about my ordinance to create the Cook County Cannabis Commission in this article: The Daily Line: “County lays out cannabis ground rules, charges new commission with studying impact of legalization”.