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Chicago officials are holding public meetings for residents to weigh in on the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.

The mayor plans to open up River North to retail marijuana shops under a draft zoning ordinance, relaxing an earlier proposal that would have banned cannabis sales from nearly all of downtown. A hearing on the remap is set for 2 p.m. today.

A new state law will allow recreational marijuana to be sold to people 21 and older starting Jan. 1.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says her office wants to hear from residents, business owners and others about where businesses that sell marijuana should be allowed to operate.

Lightfoot introduced an ordinance last month to create Chicago’s first zoning regulations for marijuana sales.

She’s proposing the city establish seven zones across Chicago and cap the number of dispensaries in each zone. The plan initially would  ban sales in most of Chicago’s downtown and within 500 feet of a school.


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