Gov. JB Pritzker signs SB 1557, a trailer bill for Illinois’ cannabis legalization program, Wednesday at Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s downtown offices, surrounded by bill sponsors, advisers and stakeholders. [Hannah Meisel/The Daily Line]

Gov. JB Pritzker and his cannabis czar Toi Hutchinson on Wednesday defended the slow, deliberate rollout of Illinois’ cannabis legalization law — including the fact that existing medical cannabis companies received the first recreational licenses.

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