First all minority-owned dispensary set to open in Illinois – WGN TV Chicago

CHICAGO — In the heart of North Side nightlife and culture, there will be a first in the history of Illinois. With bright colors and and an array of lights, “Sway” will be the state’s first all minority, LGBTQ-owned cannabis dispensary when it opens next week.

“Sway is a feeling, it’s a vibe,” said Edie Moore, Co-Owner of Sway. “It’s the culmination of Black and Brown communities and LGBTQ communities … coming together for cannabis.”

Moore is not only a co-owner of the soon-to-be dispensary, but also an advocate for modernizing laws involving cannabis.

“For me it’s about access and not having access to legal cannabis,” Moore said.

Though overall sales have dropped since recreational cannabis was legalized in Illinois four years ago, new dispensaries continue to open. But out of the 155 opened so far in the state, Sway will be the first to be full minority owned and independent.

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