Lolla fans ride ‘cannabus’ to stock up on weed during festival – Chicago Tribune

As Lollapalooza descends on Grant Park for four days of music and communal partying, Chicago cannabis dispensaries are gearing up for what they hope will be another extended weekend of blowout sales.

From outdoor tents to process customers to express menus with festival-favorite products, a number of nearby dispensaries are preparing for an expected influx of festivalgoers looking for a legal buzz.

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Verilife, a Chicago-owned cannabis dispensary, is taking it one step further by providing shuttle buses between Grant Park and its River North store. The “cannabus” fleet will run two shuttles with up to 25 customers each back and forth every 20 minutes during the festival. Last year, Verilife had one shuttle bus in service for Lollapalooza.

“Lollapalooza last year really put this store on the map,” said Melissa Buckley, a Verilife spokeswoman. “That’s why we beefed it up this year, to allow even more customers to shop with us.”

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Launched in 1991, Lollapalooza put down roots in Chicago in 2005, becoming a major tourism draw for the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers and infusing millions into the local economy. Lollapalooza was canceled in 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned last summer with a new twist —

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