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Illinois’ first marijuana lounge gets approved, hours away from Chicago. ‘It’s going to be an experience.’

A Springfield marijuana dispensary is the first in the state to get approval to open a spot for people to smoke weed.

Illinois Supply and Provisions plans to connect the space to its marijuana shop in downtown Springfield. The company is still working on the concept and has not set an opening date.

“It’s going to be more than just a big open room where people can smoke cannabis,” said spokesman Chris McCloud. “It’s going to be well done, it’s going to be tastefully done, and it’s going to be an experience.”

Springfield’s city council approved the company’s request Monday night to open the space.

Recreational marijuana went on sale in Illinois Jan. 1, but state law bans smoking in streets, parks or other public areas. Condominium associations and landlords also can prohibit marijuana use. Municipalities can regulate public consumption areas.