Marijuana rising: Illinois just elected a weed-friendly governor and Chicago pot companies are on the move

In the landscape of the North American marijuana industry, Illinois companies are on fire.

In the past six months, they have gone public in Canada, raised hundreds of millions of dollars to fund expansions and consolidated through a number of deals — one topping $680 million.

Illinois’ medical marijuana companies are moving at a fast and furious pace. They are largely past the days when growth was stagnant and there was a stigma around weed. About 60 percent of Americans think recreational marijuana should be legalized, and Illinois just elected a governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, who more at