Illinois

Fri
31
Aug

5 things to know about the expanded medical marijuana law in Illinois

llinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure that stands to create a new class of medical marijuana users. Here’s a look at what the change will mean:

Thu
30
Aug

5 things to know about the expanded medical marijuana law in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed into law a measure that stands to create a new class of medical marijuana users. Here’s a look at what the change will mean:

Tue
28
Aug

Illinois joins growing list of states to allow industrial hemp

Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois signed the Industrial Hemp Act last week, adding the state to the growing list of states that allow hemp to be grown for non-drug purposes.

Uses for industrial hemp include paper and fabric making, biodegradable plastics, construction material and health food.

“Legalizing the farming of industrial hemp just makes good sense,” said Rauner. “Roughly 38 states – including our neighbors in Wisconsin, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee – have allowed or are considering allowing cultivation of this crop for commercial, research or pilot programs. Our farmers should have this option as well. This new state licensure program begins that process.”

Tue
28
Aug

Illinois governor considering bill allowing medical marijuana as opioid alternative

In an effort to fight the epidemic of addiction and overdoses, the governor of Illinois is considering a bill that would allow patients to choose cannabis instead of opioids.

Wed
15
Aug

City considers changes to marijuana ordinances

The City Council on Monday discussed a possible ordinance amendment that would ensure Freeport keeps up with the state’s marijuana laws.

The changes would bring the city in line with the state’s Cannabis Control Act. Currently, the city’s ordinances cite state statute in three of the four instances in which cannabis is mentioned. The goal is to ensure the city follows state law in all cases, city legal counsel Steven Cox said.

“It just so happens those four instances are all the same right now, but if the state changes the definition or the law, three of our sections will change; one won’t,” Cox said.

Tue
14
Aug

Despite low demand, medical marijuana companies in Illinois are growing

In a well-lit room in a nondescript building in Joliet, Ill., racks of marijuana plants are stacked, row after row.

The plants are young but pungent, and sway to the breeze of fans and the overhead humidifiers that regulate the room. Breaking through the hum is the noise of construction. Cresco Labs is expanding its Joliet cultivation facility, more than doubling the amount of cannabis it can grow and process.

The Chicago-based company is preparing for growth of the state’s pot industry, and it is not alone.

Fri
03
Aug

Illinois governor OKs allowing medical cannabis at schools

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

The Republican signed the legislation Wednesday. The new law allows parents or guardians to administer a “cannabis-infused product” to a student on school property or on a school bus if both parent and child have been cleared to use the product by the state’s medical marijuana law.

Wed
06
Jun

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.

Fri
18
May

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.

Tue
08
May

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?

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