Illinois

Fri
08
Feb

First bill emerges this year to legalize marijuana in Illinois — would allow up to 24 plants at home

A Democratic state lawmaker has filed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois that likely goes further than other legislators prefer, but it has officially started the debate over complex legislation that will need to serve many interests.

The bill, introduced Jan. 25 by Rep. Carol Ammons of Urbana, would allow licensed businesses to grow and sell pot, and residents to grow up to 24 plants at home.

The measure is unlikely to pass because lawmakers are expected to act on a more restrictive proposal that’s been in the works for more than a year.

Among the more noteworthy provisions, Ammons’ bill would allow for the creation of on-site consumption areas for customers to smoke or swallow the drug.

Thu
07
Feb

Wana Brands products now available to Illinois medical marijuana patients

Medical cannabis patients across Illinois now have access to Wana Brands products, the nation’s most dependable infused edibles, just as the state kicks off the new Opioid Alternative Pilot Program allowing patients suffering from conditions that require an opioid prescription to purchase cannabis.

Mon
04
Feb

Illinois patients may now replace their opioids with medical marijuana

Illinois residents who have been prescribed opioids will now be eligible for a temporary certification for medical cannabis. The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program was approved via the Alternative to Opioids Act by lawmakers last year by a sweeping 44-6 majority in the state senate, but lagged in implementation due to “a heavy IT lift” required to get the new system’s tech needs met.

Fri
01
Feb

Illinois launches opioid alternative program

Illinois launched their opioid alternative program, allowing patients temporarily using opioids to manage pain to have the option of switching to medical cannabis.

The Alternative to Opioids Bill was signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in August, and the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) was officially accepting patients Thursday morning as of 8:30 a.m. The program is the first of its kind in the United States and was launched at the HCI Alternatives medical cannabis dispensary in Springfield, Illinois.

Wed
30
Jan

Here's what legal recreational marijuana could look like in Illinois

When Democrat J.B. Pritzker took over as governor in Illinois, he said legalizing recreational marijuana one was on his priorities. And now we finally know what a legalization bill in Illinois could look like, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Tue
22
Jan

This Chicago startup has created a Starbucks-like app for marijuana

A new Chicago startup is working to make the process of buying marijuana from dispensaries easier and more transparent with a new smartphone app.

CannaTrac just launched its app this month, which operates as a marketplace where dispensaries can sell marijuana products and consumers can purchase them using a secure payments platform. The app operates similarly to the Starbucks app in that it allows users to load money onto physical or virtual cards, and pay with them in person or electronically.

CannaTrac’s platform simplifies the cannabis-buying process because dispensaries cannot accept traditional debit or credit cards, and paying in cash can be dangerous, said CEO Tom Gavin.

Mon
21
Jan

Illinois preparing to roll out medical marijuana pilot program as alternative to opioids

One of marijuana’s most touted medical benefits has been its ability to help those with opioid addictions and reducing the number of opioid overdoses. Illinois is the latest state to put this knowledge into practice with plans to launch a pilot program at the end of the month that will give patients the option to choose medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

In the meantime, medical dispensaries across Illinois are preparing for the likely influx in customers they’ll be seeing once the program takes effect.

General manager of Mission South Shore dispensary Rick Armstrong says that they have increased their parking space and their staff to prepare for the program.

Tue
15
Jan

Roads and marijuana — 2 major issues Illinois lawmakers could move on in 2019

Monday starts a new era in Illinois politics, one that area lawmakers and others say could bring major legislation such as a capital bill to fix the state’s crumbling roads and legalization of recreational marijuana.

“I think everybody feels that it's time to make some investments in some of the public infrastructure around the state,” said Ryan McCrady, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Decatur and Macon County. McCrady added state roads in the Decatur area, including U.S. 51, are in need of repair.

Mon
31
Dec

Illinois Gov says cannabis legalization will bring social justice, but black leaders aren’t convinced

On the 2018 campaign trail, Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker (D) promised to legalize recreational cannabis in the Prairie State, writes Calvin Hughes and James McClure. A move he said would have great implications for a state that has seen stark racial disparities in its criminal justice system, where people of color were disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. To then-candidate Pritzker, legalization offered  a way to turn the page on Illinois drug policy and close the racial divide in law enforcement.

Wed
19
Dec

Illinois law enforcement groups eye teen marijuana use trends

A new survey from two Illinois law enforcement groups provide anecdotal evidence that more teens are using marijuana as state lawmakers draft legislation to legalize recreational use of the drug for adults.

An advocacy group has questioned the value of the law enforcement survey and pointed to statistics in other states that show teen cannabis use declined after recreational use became legal.

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