Illinois

Fri
07
Dec

As Michigan legalizes marijuana, the race is on with Illinois for 1st commercial sales in Midwest

When Michigan legalized possession of marijuana Thursday, the drug joined craft beers, perfect summers and the Upper Peninsula as tourist attractions for out-of-staters.

But Illinoisans should know that, as of now, there is nowhere they can buy marijuana legally in "Pure Michigan," as the state's tourism ads put it. Until businesses are licensed -- which could take more than a year -- the drug remains illegal to sell to the general public, illegal to consume in public and illegal to take across state lines.

Those contradictions in the law, as well as the conflict with the ongoing federal ban on pot possession, could mean real problems for both residents and visitors, opponents warned.

Mon
03
Dec

A cancer patient in Illinois is being suspended from work for using medical marijuana

Imagine getting suspended from work for taking cancer medicine. That's the harsh reality that Craig Miller - a patient with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - is facing after his company discovered that he's been using cannabis to treat his condition, writes Calvin Hughes. 

Miller works for Spartan Light Metal Products in Sparta, Illinois. He says the company has been aware of his medical condition and had initially told him they would be supportive of his recovery, but that hasn't happened.

Wed
21
Nov

Illinois democrats to introduce recreational cannabis legislation in January

With the recent election of a pro-cannabis governor in Illinois, Democrats are starting to work on marijuana reform in the Prairie State, writes Calvin Hughes.

Wed
14
Nov

The big election win for marijuana hardly anyone is talking about

This state didn't vote to legalize recreational marijuana, but it did the next best thing.

Marijuana turned out to be one of the biggest winners on election day in the U.S. last week. Michigan residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Missouri and Utah voters passed ballot initiatives that legalized medical marijuana. Democrats regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, which should increase the prospects for federal marijuana reform.

Fri
09
Nov

Governor-elect of Illinois aims to legalize marijuana early in his term

Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker plans to push for the legalization of recreational marijuana early in his term, he said on Wednesday. Pritzker, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner by a margin of 15 percentage points in Tuesday’s midterm elections. During the campaign, Pritzker had argued that cannabis legalization could bring the state needed revenue and address the racial injustice prevalent in the enforcement of drug laws.

Pritzker said in a television news interview that a legal cannabis industry will bring new employment opportunities in addition to taxes for the state and local governments.

Mon
29
Oct

Southern Illinois University to create medical marijuana certificate program, launch new research into industrial hemp

Southern Illinois University is creating new programs to study industrial hemp and medical marijuana with the hope of offering a new certificate for students and farmers, school officials announced Friday.

The interdisciplinary program in cannabis science is spearheaded by researchers in SIU's colleges of science and agricultural sciences, school officials said. Areas of study would blend agriculture and plant biology with courses in chemistry, engineering, business and ecology.

The idea, according to the university, is to provide rigorous, science-based instruction for aspiring cultivators and technicians, as well as business acumen to farmers seeking insight into how they can grow their enterprises in the burgeoning market.

Thu
25
Oct

Candidates for Illinois governor are split over marijuana legalization despite popular support

In supporting marijuana legalization, Illinois gubernatorial challenger J.B. Pritzkercould usher in a change that affects everything from criminal justice to public health to the economy if he’s elected.

In taking a decidedly more skeptical view, incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner may appeal to his base while — like his stance on his opponent’s graduated income tax idea — finding himself on the less popular side of the issue.

Wed
24
Oct

New Chicago marijuana company raises $120 million, is expanding in Illinois

Marijuana company Verano Holdings has raised $120 million in financing to fund expansion in Illinois and other states.

Verano is a newly formed Chicago-based holding company that consolidates ownership of several cannabis operations, including Illinois-based Ataraxia, which has a cultivation facility in downstate Albion and three dispensaries in the state.

The round of funding comes at a time of rapid movement among Illinois-based medical marijuana companies. In just the past month, one company announced plans to go public on a Canadian stock exchange, and another firm is set to be acquired for nearly $700 million.

Thu
18
Oct

Illinois: Sipp Industries announces major hemp HIPA brewing completed and sets official launch date

Sipp Industries, Inc. (OTC:SIPC), a multifaceted corporation specializing in technology, manufacturing and distribution of commercial and consumer products, announces the official launch of Major Hemp HIPA for Friday, October 26th at Church Street Brewing Company in Itasca, Illinois. 

Sipp Industries will be co-sponsoring a tasting event with Church Street Brewing Company where patrons, shareholders and potential customers will be able to taste the first samples of the premium craft hemp beer. Sampling will begin at 5pm until 11pm with food and snacks being provided.      

Wed
17
Oct

These two states are poised to be the next big marijuana markets

With federal prohibition still alive and well despite record public support for marijuana legalization, the cannabis industry in the United States remains a state-by-state business. The inability to cross state lines has led to a web of complex and disparate state laws and regulations for businesses to navigate. This forces cannabis producers to recreate their entire infrastructure in every new state, rather than scaling up production and shipping products across the country, which impedes their ability to build economies of scale enjoyed by all other businesses.

Retailers generally pay higher wholesale prices because of this, leading to higher prices for consumers at the register.

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