Cigar Society of Chicago

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Is Chicago the Silicon Valley of Cannabis?

Medical use of marijuana became legal in Illinois in 2013. Recreational use by adults became legal starting January 1, 2020. In this first year of legalization—just last year—Illinois saw $1B in sales and $100MM in state and local tax revenue. This is a pattern that many states want to emulate, and, as of today, 36 states have legalized cannabis use at some level. The main driver for this legislation is tax revenue.

Wait, there's more: Chicago, it turns out, is home a very large number of publicly traded multi-state cannabis operators, or MSOs. Chicago-based MSOs have a collective market capitalization of tens of billions of dollars, with a high growth rate.

How did we get here? How could it have happened so quickly? Why is there so much activity here in Chicago? 

To get an overview of the cannabis industry, find out answers to these questions, and engage in what we predict will be a vibrant and informative Q&A session, Bryan Whitehead, executive director of the Cigar Society and proprietor of The Flowershop, LLC, has invited two well regarded Chicago businessmen and cannabis journalists.

Mike Fourcher and Brad Spirrison are publishers of a closely watched industry newsletter, Grown In.  Mike and Brad have been on the front lines of this explosively growing industry from the beginning, specifically focusing on the Midwest market of Illinois, Missouri. and Michigan. They know the players, they understand the broader strategies, and they have observed the complexities and gyrations of state regulatory agencies as these agencies try to stay ahead of the growth curve.

Join us for a fascinating discussion of this nascent industry, and industry that now employs more workers than does the Coal Industry.

Ladies and gentlemen, you may smoke!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

Sign in 5:00-5:30 pm for informal cigar and cocktail chatter.
The event will be called to order at 5:30.
There will be a Q&A session following the lecture. Audience participation is invited.
The event will conclude at 7 pm.
An optional cocktail party and discussion will continue after the event.
Be sure to have your cocktails and cigars at ready hand.

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About the Cigar Society of Chicago

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at