Illinois

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17
Jun

Illinois Lawmakers advance Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill

Members of both chambers have advanced legislation, Senate Bill 2023, to expand the state’s medical cannabis access program.

Thu
13
Jun

Legal weed in Illinois isn't going to be cheap, industry experts say

Industry experts are predicting that when legal weed goes on sale in Illinois next year, you can expect it to be pretty pricey, writes Calvin Hughes.

Mon
10
Jun

Illinois dispensaries prepare for recreational marijuana

Illinois dispensaries are staffing up and remodeling in preparation for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The General Assembly approved the marijuana legislation last month and it now awaits a signature from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. He campaigned on legalization, so it's all but certain that Illinois will become the 11th state, along with the District of Columbia, to permit recreational use.

Under the new law, adults could buy and possess up to one ounce (30 grams) of marijuana for personal use.

Fri
07
Jun

Cancer patient in Illinois sentenced to four years in prison for marijuana

On May 31, the Illinois General Assembly voted to make Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis. The new law will take effect January 1, 2020. But Thomas J. Franzen, a Stage 4 cancer patient, will watch that historic day pass from behind bars, as he serves out the remainder of a four year prison sentence for marijuana. On May 30, a Kane County judge sentenced Franzen after he pled guilty to possessing more than 5 kilograms of cannabis in the form of THC-infused chocolates.

Wed
05
Jun

This is when you'll be able to buy legal weed in Illinois

Assuming Governor JB Pritzker (D) signs the cannabis legalization bill that just passed through the state legislature, recreational cannabis sales will start on Jan. 1, 2020, writes Calvin Hughes.

Tue
04
Jun

Illinois legislature passes cannabis legalization Bill

The Illinois House of Representatives approved a cannabis legalization bill on Friday, likely making the state the 11th to legalize possession and sales of marijuana for adults. The plan has already been approved by the state Senate and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who campaigned for office promising cannabis policy reform, said in a tweet on Friday afternoon that he is looking “forward to signing this monumental legislation.” “The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation,” Pritzker said in a statement. “This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance.” First Legislature to Legalize Pot Sales

Fri
31
May

Illinois Senate approves adult-use marijuana legalization Bill

Illinois cannabis advocates have been eagerly awaiting a recreational regulation bill forecasted by the governor and last night, they got the forward movement they craved. On Wednesday, the state’s Senate passed a bill legalizing a regulated cannabis industry, along with consumption, possession, and sale for residents 21 years and older.

The plan, which will now go to the House for approval, was part of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s campaign promises. At the start of the month, the politician told the press that he was deep into negotiations with other policy makers about the form that legalization would assume.

Thu
30
May

OK to smoke, not to grow? States with legal cannabis wrestle with homegrown pot

Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use.

The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as many as 12 plants and Washington state not allowing them to grow any.

DID YOU KNOW? "As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians can home grow of up to four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence," according to the State of Oregon.

Thu
30
May

Illinois Senate passes the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

For more than 40 years, NORML has been committed to the mission of ending cannabis prohibition, and after decades of hard work by dedicated volunteers and activists from coast-to- coast that mission is one step closer to fruition following the passage of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (HB1438-SFA2) by the Illinois Senate.

Tue
21
May

Illinois Cannabis Legislation: The cracks in the artwork

Illinois recently came out with the first draft of legalized cannabis legislation. The bill is loaded with social equity provisions which include a program to provide low-interest loans for “social equity applicants”.

Like any first draft nothing is final and everything is a work in progress. When looking at the bill, I noticed that there are some provisions that may not conform with federal legal standards, some provisions that could bring legal challenges and some provisions that may lack consistency with other parts of the proposed legislation.

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