Illinois Smoke Shops Prepare For Legal Marijuana

JB Pritzker made good on his legalization promise last month

Gov. JB Pritzker made good on his promise when he signed recreational cannabis into law last month.

While anticipation runs high among Illinois residents, smoke shops across the state are preparing for what they hope is an influx of customers.

Uptown Normal houses one of America’s oldest head shops. Mother Murphy’s opened in 1968, catering to hippies before toking was cool in the Midwest. At least that’s how owner Mike Williams explains it.

The shop has been selling what is classified under current law as “drug paraphernalia” since its doors opened. Williams calls them “smoking accessories.”

“The truth about it is that anything that can be smoked with tobacco can also be used with marijuana. They’re totally interchangeable. And so the law has to be based on intent, which is much harder to prove,” he explained.

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