Ella Jeffries, Assistant Copy Editor
November 9, 2022
After Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis in 2019, business partners Jermell Chavis and Evanston resident Jonah Wine applied for a dispensary license, hoping to open an Evanston dispensary.
But after three years of applications and obtaining a perfect application score, the two have not yet been granted a license.
Cannabis is something Chavis has always been interested in. After returning home from serving two tours in Iraq as a marine combat veteran, he’s motivated to attain justice for his home community, which was hit hardest by the war on drugs.
Chavis said the Black and brown people from his community on Chicago’s West Side were heavily criminalized for