Illinois

Tue
27
Oct

Massive raid takes out illegal mail order weed ring that supplied nine states

A massive raid involving hundreds of investigators and 27 simultaneous search warrants in nine communities in Washington State has taken down an illegal weed-mailing ring based out of Seattle.

Wed
07
Oct

Illinois Cannabis Sales Break Record Once Again

Legal cannabis sales continue to break records in Illinois with a total of more than $99 million in sales of both recreational and medical marijuana products sold in September, according to state regulators. The figure tops the previous record for total cannabis sales from August, when combined sales totaled more than $95 million, according to data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Fri
25
Sep

Cannabis Sales In Illinois To Out-Of-State Residents Nearly Doubles

Despite the pandemic, cannabis sales in Illinois continue to increase. But it’s not just in-state sales. Sales to out-of-state consumers in Illinois has nearly doubled since January.

Of the nearly $64 million in total adult-use cannabis sales in Illinois for August, $17.2 million was in “out-of-state resident sales.” That’s nearly double the $8.6 million in out-of-state sales back in January.

Pam Althoff, executive director of cannabis business group CannaBiz, said people are more anxious because of COVID-19.

“The knowledge is now common that Illinois did pass recreational cannabis use, is now out there and people are coming in and trying,” Althoff said.

Thu
24
Sep

Illinois Makes Plans to Make Cannabis Industry Inclusive

Illinois has been making major headlines in the cannabis sector, as some groups cry out that the plans for granting new business licenses are not inclusive enough of minorities, and that the lottery system for choosing new businesses license holders is unfair. 

Thu
24
Sep

Are There Any States That Restrict CBD Products?

The most lenient states permit consumers to purchase almost every CBD type irrespective of its source or intended use.

As of 2018, all 50 states have officially legalized the use of hemp-based CBD products. In the United States, governing officials initially classified CBD, hemp, and marijuana as harmful substances. However, recent medical insight encouraged federal authorities to legalize industrial hemp and CBD on a national level.

For routine CBD consumers, legalization may be good news. Though CBD-based products are manufactured and distributed throughout the United States, you’ll need to remember that each state has set its own rules regarding CBD use.

Wed
23
Sep

Illinois Revises Marijuana Licenses Process After Complaints

Illinois tweaked how business owners seeking recreational marijuana licenses can apply following complaints that the process favored politically connected and rich applicants over minorities and veterans who were supposed to benefit.

Recreational marijuana sales started in January under an Illinois law that, like similar efforts elsewhere, was touted for so-called social equity provisions designed to address racial disparities and other inequities in the decadeslong war on drugs. Black Illinois residents are seven times more likely to be arrested for marijuana offenses than white residents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mon
21
Sep

Colorado, Illinois Report Record-Breaking Cannabis Sales

Cannabis sales in Colorado and Illinois reached record highs in July and August, data from both states reveals.

According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, adult-use cannabis sales eclipsed $183 million in July and $954 million year-to-date.

Mon
14
Sep

‘Stop the Lottery:' Protesters Demand Changes to Illinois' Cannabis Business License Process

As Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared at a news conference Friday to announce investments to expand job opportunities in Chicago, a group of protesters showed up, demanding changes to the state's cannabis lottery process.

"The lottery is a game of chance," said Rickey Hendon, a former Illinois State Senator who led the protest. "We ain't playing no games, and we ain't taking no damn chances. He needs to fix it."

Jermell Chavis, a veteran, and a former school principal, Lamaildie Moore, were among those who didn't make the cut and showed up to request action from the governor.

"That didn't seem fair that I would have to compete with multi million dollar companies, white men that know nothing about my community," Moore said.

Thu
10
Sep

700 weed applicants, 21 finalists: Some hopefuls aren’t happy about who’s still in the running for Illinois’ 75 marijuana dispensary licenses

When Illinois put 75 licenses to operate recreational marijuana dispensaries up for grabs earlier this year, more than 700 groups submitted 4,000 applications.

On Thursday, the state said 21 of those groups will proceed to the final phase: a lottery to award the licenses.

Wed
09
Sep

Illinois Considers Ethical Implications of Cannabis License Lottery

Illinois social justice advocates and cannabis applicants alike are speaking up, claiming that the lottery system used to determine cannabis license holders in the state does not give fair opportunities to marginalized groups looking for a seat at the table. 

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