Illinois

Fri
13
Sep

Sorry, marijuana fans: Illinois is having trouble preparing for recreational weed

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal mere miles from Evansville. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be easy to get.

As we all know, Illinois legalized weed over the summer. Sales are set to begin on Jan. 1.

According to reports from The Chicago Tribune and others, though, preparation for the rollout has been messy and shrouded in confusion.

Mon
09
Sep

These 3 States will begin selling recreational pot fairly soon

Pardon the cliche, but the marijuana industry is budding before our eyes. Even though cannabis sales have existed behind the scenes for decades, we're beginning to see the impact of how big a legalized marijuana industry could be. Last year, legal global sales sprouted to $10.9 billion, which more than tripled worldwide legal weed revenue from 2014.

Wed
04
Sep

Illinois sets strict rules for cannabis growers on how much water, energy they can use

Both recreational and medical cannabis growers in Illinois will have to meet high standards for their energy and water use.

A state law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June places limits on the amount of water and electricity growers can use, as well as setting requirements for water runoff and wastewater.

“This is a high-resource-use industry, and it doesn’t have to be,” said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago. “Illinois can show the way to do it in a better way.”

Fri
30
Aug

Illinois Lawmakers partner with tech nonprofit to expunge cannabis convictions

At a news conference on Tuesday, law enforcement officials from Illinois’ Cook County announced that they would be collaborating with Code For America to initiate expungement proceedings for possession charges of up to 30 grams of cannabis.

Here’s a quote from the announcement courtesy Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, which we hope is heard ‘round the world:

“It is prosecutors who were part of the war on drugs, we were part of a larger ecosystem that believed that in the interest of public safety, that these were convictions that were necessary to gain. In the benefit of hindsight and looking at the impact of the war on drugs, it is also prosecutors who have to be at the table to ensure that we are righting the wrongs of the past.”

Wed
14
Aug

Governor of Illinois signs Bill to expand State’s medical marijuana program

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed two bills on Monday that expanded access to the state’s medical marijuana program, which currently stands at over 80,000 patients. The legislation ensures the medical marijuana program’s status as a permanent system, and adds to the ways in which patients are able to access their cannabis.

“We’re telling each and every one of those patients, we’re on your side,” Pritzker said during Monday’s news conference.

Fri
02
Aug

Illinois Senator introduces marijuana research Bill

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) proposed a new bill that would bypass federal barriers of marijuana research.

Tue
16
Jul

Illinois to expunge criminal records for marijuana related offenses

Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize the selling and use of recreational marijuana for adults, a chief success for cannabis supporters who integrated "social justice" proposals into the measure.

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signed the new law it became the first of its kind to be passed by a state legislature and bear the signature of a governor. It was the crowning moment of a legislative year in which legalization efforts sputtered in New York and New Jersey despite heavy pressure from proponents. Illinois, which has more than 12 million residents, is the second-most-populous state to permit recreational cannabis, behind California. Regulators will spend the next few months developing a system for taxing and testing cannabis and will launch sales Jan. 1, 2020.

Thu
04
Jul

After marijuana legalization in Illinois, hundreds of thousands eligible to expunge previous marijuana criminal charges

 

"This is the greatest contradiction that we've seen: the war on drugs," said Richard Wallace, founder of the non-profit Equity and Transformation, or EAT. "Poor person sells cannabis to put food on the table; they're a criminal. A wealthy person sells cannabis to make more wealth; they're toted as innovators."
As part of House Bill 1438 to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois, hundreds of thousands of marijuana related arrests and convictions are now eligible for expungements.

Mon
01
Jul

Illinois set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions

Illinois is reportedly set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records. 

The move will come in response to a landmark measure Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) signed last week that will make recreational marijuana legal starting in 2020. 

The Marijuana Policy Project said that the expansive legislation will allow 770,000 state residents to be eligible for expunging marijuana related offenses. 

Thu
27
Jun

The Midwest is about to have a weed revolution

Cup your hand and tuck that lighter inside your palm: Legal weed is coming to the Windy City.

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