Illinois legislature passes medical marijuana for opioid addiction bill

As more studies show marijuana can be used as a substitute for opioids, states are making moves to allow medicinal cannabis for addicts of these dangerous drugs. And it now appears Illinois could be leading the charge, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Illinois GA says "yes" to medical marijuana at school

The Illinois General Assembly approved a measure allowing parents to give their kids medicaid marijuana while at school.

It’s named after Ashley Surin, an 11 year old girl who suffers from severe epilepsy. Her doctor prescribed her patches with a small amount of cannabis oil on them, which her parents say has been a “golden cure.”

But when she tried to use the patches at school in Hanover Park, they said no, because marijuana isn’t allowed on school grounds. Ashley’s parents suggested a plan, HB4870, to get rid of that ban for kids like their daughter.


Illinois police threaten to kill their dogs if marijuana is legalized

We just learned that the Illinois police threaten to kill their dogs if marijuana is legalized. What is behind this shocking threat of animal cruelty?

Today, anti-marijuana advocates offer a new, insane reason why we shouldn’t legalize weed. K-9 units are trained to detect a variety of illicit substances, including weed.

However, once marijuana becomes legal, the police can no longer use these dogs. In a bid to protest legalization, the Illinois police threaten to kill their dogs if marijuana is legalized. This could mean euthanizing hundreds of dogs.

K9 Units: Retrain or Retire?


Patients in Colorado and Illinois could soon trade opioid prescriptions for cannabis

Two independent pieces of legislation making their way through Colorado and Illinois would allow every patient who qualifies for an opioid prescription to access cannabis instead.

Responding to the nation's opioid addiction crisis and the overwhelming data suggesting that medical marijuana can aid in both pain relief and rehabilitation, state lawmakers in Colorado and Illinois have introduced far-reaching legislation to try and replace dangerous prescription painkillers with the all-natural plant.


Bill to expunge marijuana convictions passes House committee

House Bill 2367 would allow those convicted of marijuana possession before Illinois decriminalized marijuana to petition for expungement of their guilty plea or criminal conviction.

Illinoisans convicted of marijuana possession prior to decriminalization may soon be able to have their records expunged.

House Bill 2367 would allow Illinoisans convicted of marijuana possession prior to the state’s 2016 decriminalization law to petition a circuit court for expungement of their criminal record.

A critical amendment to the bill passed out of the House Restorative Justice Committee April 24 and now sits on the House floor.


If Illinois legalizes marijuana, what happens to pot-sniffing dogs? The answer is unclear.

If Illinois legalizes marijuana for recreational use, law enforcement officials fear job losses for hundreds of officers — specifically, the four-legged ones.

Agencies spend thousands of dollars and months of training to teach their  dogs how to sniff out and alert officers to the presence of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. If pot use becomes legal, the dogs would likely either have to be retrained — which some handlers say is impossible or impractical — or retired.


The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states

The threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, prompting health departments to go full force.

The number of people with severe synthetic weed-related illness keeps rising. Hospitals are reporting more and more cases of serious bleeding, seizures, hallucinations and violent behavior—all due to synthetic cannabis.

As of this week, the threat of dangerous synthetic cannabis has spread to five states, including Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Maryland.


Illinois is taking action against synthetic cannabinoids

Illinois is taking action against synthetic cannabinoids, but will it be enough to stop the drug from claiming more victims?

In the month of March alone, nearly two dozen people have wound up in Illinois hospitals bleeding severely from their eyes, ears and open wounds.

They weren’t involved in accidents or the victims of violent assaults.

And no, they weren’t infected by some flesh-eating virus. Instead, these people were hospitalized after using “Spice,” a drug that mixes synthetic cannabinoids with smokable herbs or vaping liquid. State public health officials just made the connection between the cases of seveer bleeding and the drug. And now, Illinois is taking action against synthetic cannabinoids.


Illinois’ main bank for the medical marijuana industry will close all cannabis accounts

Bank of Springfield has serviced Illinois’ medical marijuana industry for two years. Now the local financial institution is changing its tune, and it’s all thanks to Jeff Sessions.

America's cannabis industry banking issues hit Illinois this week, and it's all thanks to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' anti-marijuana posturing.


Is synthetic marijuana what we think it is?

One person is dead and 37 others have been hospitalized in Illinois with severe bleeding from the eyes, ears, and other body parts after using synthetic cannabinoids—a.k.a synthetic marijuana, according to the Illinois Department of Health.

If you thought marijuana was supposed to be pretty harmless, you're probably confused right now. But the synthetic stuff is a whole different beast.

What Is Synthetic Marijuana?


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