State's attorney for Illinois' Cook County files over 1,000 cannabis expungements

In less than a month, millions of Illinois adults will be able to buy marijuana legally for the first time. But before that, the state is doing right by those who got busted in the previous era. 

Kim Foxx, the state’s attorney for Cook County, Illinois (where Chicago is the county seat), went to court on Wednesday to file a motion calling for the expungement of a little more than 1,000 low-level and non-violent convictions for possession of less than an ounce of pot. 


Marijuana will be legal in Illinois soon — but immigrants warned to think before they partake

With much of Illinois anticipating the state’s legalization of marijuana in January, activists are urging immigrants not to use or buy cannabis or work in the new industry, as it could lead to drastic measures like deportation.

Immigration attorneys and advocate groups gathered Wednesday morning in Chicago’s Loop to get word out that any noncitizen — including legal residents — could be adversely affected by admitting to federal immigration agents that they’ve used marijuana or work in the industry. One advocate held a sign stating, “Know your rights before January 1st.”


Questions remain weeks until marijuana legalization in Illinois

Three weeks from now, Illinois will become the 11th state in the nation to allow the use of recreational marijuana. With time running out, there are still a lot of questions about how it will all work.

As early as 6 a.m. on New Years Day, pot and other products, like THC gummies, will be legal to purchase.

“Every time a state goes legal, you really have a flood of new customers, medical professionals because it’s legal weed,” Green Flower Media CEO Max Simon said.”

Anyone who’s 21 or older, with a valid drivers license, will be able to buy cannabis products at state licensed stores.

"The real question will be, what you want to purchase, there’s this whole plethora of legal cannabis products that people are not familiar with,” Simon said.


Chicago Police Department Produces Video Explaining New Weed Laws

The Chicago Police Department has produced a video to explain the rules that will apply when recreational cannabis is legalized in Illinois next month. The video was posted to the police department’s Facebook page on Wednesday.


Illinois will soon legalize pot — here’s what you need to know

Illinois will soon become the 11th state to legalize recreational pot sales as of Jan. 1, 2020 — here’s what you need to know.

Recreational legalization will occur in phases in the state as it builds out its dispensary network.

The first phase will consist of dispensaries converted from current medical dispensaries. Out of 55 medical dispensaries currently in the state, 29 have been approved for recreational sales by regulators.

The same style rollout is being done for production as well, with 14 out of 21 existing medical cannabis warehouses awarded recreational growing licenses.

These low conversion rates have some worried the state will not be able to serve the expected 1 million pot users come New Years Day.


Illinois city approves using marijuana taxes to fund reparations program

Lawmakers in a Chicago suburb earlier this week approved using taxes from recreational marijuana sales to establish a local reparations program.


Illinois will grow 1 million pounds of marijuana in 2025, ranking it among the top 5 pot-producing states, study says

Illinois could be among the top five states for legal marijuana production by 2025, putting out more than 1 million pounds of weed that year.

A report from Washington, D.C.-based cannabis research firm New Frontier Data, released this week, predicted that demand driven by recreational marijuana sales would help put Illinois among the upper echelons of weed producers, joining states such as California and Colorado.

Illinois ranked 13th this year, with more than 72,000 pounds of marijuana produced legally.


Illinois’s ban on cannabis in public housing raises question of who really benefits from legalization

Illinois residents over the age of 21 will enjoy the right to spark up legally when the ball drops on Jan. 1, 2020, but not everyone is likely to be in the partying mood.

But the same freedom will not extend to legal cannabis consumption, leading some to wonder for whom exactly the drug is being legalized. Residents of public housing will be banned from consuming in their units, whether for medical or adult-use purposes.


Cannabis in the workplace for Illinois: Employers prepare for January 1

We’re now just weeks away from recreational marijuana being legal in Illinois, but business owners are still coming to grips with what their employees will be allowed to do. Heartland Community College hosted a workshop Tuesday to work on “Cannabis in the Workplace.”

It’s a topic many business owners are concerned about because they don’t know what to expect.

“Employers continue to have the rights they have under the existing law to have a drug free workplace, to have provisions in place in their businesses that ensure a safe workplace environment,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

Barickman says employers will actually be able to make their own workplace marijuana policy rather than a flat decision being forced upon them by the change in law.


Chicago Housing Authority’s pot ban means no legal cannabis mechanism for the poor

While marijuana arrests are certainly down in Chicago, questions have arisen about whether a new ban on using soon-to-be legal marijuana in public housing ends up being a continuation of old drug war policies in the communities already hit the hardest.


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