December 16, 2019

Chicago Tribune: What Happens to the Weed Black Market when Recreational Marijuana Goes Legal Jan. 1? ‘I See It Opening the Door to More Clients,’ One Dealer Says.

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Stores selling recreational marijuana will be allowed to operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., though operating hours vary by dispensary.

Whether stores truly are convenient will depend on how many are allowed to open and where they can locate, said Carl Davis, research director at the Washington, D.C.-based Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

“The more difficult you make it to open legal businesses, the larger the black market is going to remain and the lower your tax revenues,” Davis said. “A lot of people don’t want to see marijuana shops on every street corner … so you have to get the balancing act.”

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