Glass, grass and John Prine influence shop owner

September 6, 2022

“A cool song about smoking pot” inspired the owner of a cannabis and tobacco shop which has three locations in southern Illinois: Carbondale, Marion and Harrisburg.

“Illegal Smiles” by American folk singer John Prine influences the decor and philosophy at the store, Legal Smiles, owner Halee Hicks said. The shop is filled with  Prine’s merchandise, music and posters.

Carbondale’s own Legal Smiles opened in May of 2019. The shop supports the local artists’ community and other glass-makers across the country. SIU students and locals contribute to the sales.


“Definitely gets busier when students come back,” Hicks said. “[Legal Smiles] strives to carry affordable quality products that are sure to impress even the most experienced smoker.” 

A variety of glass art, devices, clothing, tobacco, cannabis, and CBD is sold. The bold colors and variety of smells surround those who browse through the aisles.  

Other products include “incense candles, ashtrays, rolling trays, and all the accessories that you would need to consume,” Hicks said. 

She said the glass pieces are among the most popular products, each unique and hand-crafted, “just because it is all one of a kind.”

Different types of hemp plants are sold throughout the store as well. 

“We actually sell hemp too and then we sell hemp which is cannabis, which just has a 3% or less THC,” Hicks said.

Legal Smiles also provides a growing shop called Soil Grown, which  supplies amateur horticulturalists with what they need to grow their own plants at home. 


“We’ve got everything from soil fans, lights, anything you need to grow cannabis or vegetables, houseplants, stuff like that,” Hicks said

All products are made for everyone. 

“We just kind of want to bring this stigma that is around the community about cannabis, and smooth it out,” she said. “Basically make it something good, which is just to show that it can be good and it is good.”


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