Coalition for a Safer Illinois Launches to Support Ending Prohibition

MPP is proud to announce the launch of the Coalition for a Safer Illinois, a group of organizations and community leaders committed to replacing marijuana prohibition with sensible regulations. We know prohibition has failed in Illinois, and we think it’s time for a better approach.

Check out the coalition’s new website, including our awesome members, like it on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

If you are part of an organization that might be interested in endorsing marijuana regulation, or if you are a member of the clergy, a…

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Illinois Marijuana Legalization Hearings Coming to Chicago Next Week

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CHICAGO, IL — Sponsors of a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use in Illinois announced Wednesday that lawmakers will hold the first hearing on the bill next week in Chicago.

The Senate and House Appropriations committees will hold a joint hearing on SB 316 and HB 2353 on Wednesday, April 19, in the Michael A. Bilandic Building, according to Senate Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Kelly Cassidy…

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Judge: MMJ businesses can donate to Illinois political causes

A federal judge struck down an Illinois law barring medical marijuana businesses and canna-centric political action committees from donating to political campaigns, a decision that could give the state’s MJ industry a bigger say in local elections.

U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee ruled Friday that a state law preventing MMJ businesses from donating to Illinois political action committees and candidates is unconstitutional, saying it violated First Amendment free speech rights, the Chicago…

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Illinois Poll Finds Two-Thirds of Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

CARBONDALE, IL — Sixty-six percent of voters believe that the adult use and sale of marijuana ought to be treated like alcohol, according to statewide polling data compiled by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University.

Support for legalization is strongest among voters under 35 years of age (83 percent) and among Democrats (77 percent). However, majorities of respondents in every age demographic and of every political ideology endorse regulating…

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Bills to Regulate Marijuana Introduced in Illinois

Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans introduced bills Wednesday that would finally end cannabis prohibition in Illinois. Identical bills, one introduced in the House and one in the Senate, would allow adults to use, possess, and cultivate limited amounts of cannabis with no penalty, and would set up a taxed and regulated market for cannabis production and sale.

“People are fed up with laws that punish adults for using a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol,” Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the Marijuana…

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Illinois General Assembly to Consider Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Regulating and Taxing Marijuana for Adult Use

SPRINGFIELD, IL — State lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday that would end marijuana prohibition in Illinois and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed for adult use.

The Senate bill, SB 316, is sponsored by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago), while the House version, HB 2353, was presented by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago). Each would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow, and purchase…

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Illinois State Treasurer Urges Trump to Let Banks Work with Marijuana Industry

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs on Monday sent a letter to President Trump asking for “clear guidance” in allowing banks to do business with the marijuana industry.

Illinois is one of 28 states that allows medical marijuana under a state-supervised program.

Federal law currently prohibits banks from processing money from customers working in the legal marijuana industry, making it difficult for marijuana related businesses to do…

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Election Day Voter Guides

Today is the day! This is the biggest election in marijuana policy reform history, but even if you can’t vote on a legalization or medical marijuana ballot initiative today, you could play an important part to make future progress possible in your state.logo-mpp-286-mpp-and-we-change-laws

Before you vote, please check out MPP’s voter guides if you live in the following places:

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District of Columbia

Illinois

Nebraska

New Hampshire

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Vermont

And don’t forget to tell your friends in Arizona, Arkansas, California, FloridaMaine,

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MPP’s Illinois Voter Guide

Illinois has made significant improvements to its marijuana laws in recent years, but there is much work yet to be done. Despite recent gains, advocates in Illinois must ensure that elected officials continue to support positive change. You can contribute as an informed voter, and MPP wants to help.2000px-Seal_of_Illinois.svg
Click here to check out our 2016 Illinois Voter’s Guide. It breaks down lawmakers by district and offers incumbent voting records on key marijuana bills in recent years. Our list includes the original 2013 medical cannabis law, two medical…

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MIT Grads Raise $4.5M to Fund Hemp Trading Platform

A pair of recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates have packed up, moved to Chicago, and raised $4.5 million to launch a first-of-its-kind trading platform for industrial hemp.

The duo said traditional markets have overlooked hemp, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. And the two are off to a solid start, having won regulatory approval from the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission for a portion of their company, Seed CX, to become a swap execution facility.

The two twentysomethings also hope to become a “designated…

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Top Legislative Victories of 2016

Now that most state legislative sessions are over for the year, MPP’s Rob Kampia has published a list of the biggest victories in what is already the biggest year on record for marijuana policy reformers!Rating_Badge_JO

On July 29, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a bill removing the threat of arrest for small amounts of marijuana, capping a record year of legislative and administrative marijuana policy reforms throughout the country.

Two states, Pennsylvania and Ohio, enacted effective medical marijuana laws via their legislatures, making them…

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Lawyers Warned in Select States About Working With Medical Cannabis Firms

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By Omar Sacirbey

Professional ethics boards in a few states – most recently New Mexico and Ohio – have warned local attorneys that helping medical marijuana businesses can be a violation of professional rules of conduct.

The non-binding opinions could make it tougher for MMJ businesses in those states to get legal representation.

The recent opinions caution lawyers that assisting a cannabis business can be tantamount to helping a client break federal law, given marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

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Illinois MMJ Cultivators Now Allowed to Host Reporters

Illinois medical marijuana regulators today lifted an unusual prohibition on media outlets visiting the state’s cultivation facilities, a move growers hope will allow them to better educate patients and the public about their products.

The state’s new medical cannabis director, Jack Campbell, made the announcement in a hastily called conference call with cultivation company representatives, according to Charles Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs, who was on the call. Cresco Labs is a cultivator and processor headquartered in Kankakee,…

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On a Roll: Illinois MMJ Patients Spend $2.9M in July

Despite a slow start, Illinois’ medical cannabis industry is gathering momentum as evidenced by the steady growth in sales throughout this year.

In July, the state’s industry hit a new high, with $2.9 million in sales, according to the Chicago Tribune.

That’s up from $2.57 million in June, for a grand total of $16.3 million since the program launched in November. Sales have been growing steadily since the first dispensary opened.

The patient count has been growing steadily as well, which accounts for the parallel sales growth: The…

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

Illinois Gov. Rauner just signed SB 2228, which removes criminal penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana everywhere in Land of Lincoln. The change in the law is effective immediately.

Illinoisans or visitors found in possession of marijuana are no longer subject to arrest or jail time.IL_decrim The change also removes the possibility of a harmful criminal record for cannabis possession, which can last a lifetime. Instead, those found in possession would face a simple fine of between $100 and $200.

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Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Illinois: Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Measure

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation today amending the state’s marijuana possession penalties.

Senate Bill 2228 reduces the penalties for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine) to a civil fine of no more than $200 — no arrest and no criminal record.

It also decriminalizes related offenses involving the possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Senate Bill 2228 also amends the state’s zero tolerance per se traffic safety…

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Illinois Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

Illinois Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Into Law

Illinois is now the 21st state in the nation to remove the threat of jail time for simple marijuana possession; possession of a personal amount is now considered a civil violation punishable by a fine of $100-$200, similar to a traffic ticket

SPRINGFIELD, IL. — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law Friday that removes criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana and replaces them with a civil fine.

The new law is effective immediately.

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IL Judge Orders State to Reconsider MMJ for Migraines

In a move that could further boost patient numbers for Illinois’ medical cannabis industry, a judge has ordered that the state should reconsider adding migraine headaches to the list of qualifying conditions for MMJ.

The ruling, by Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Rita Novak, contravenes a decision by the Illinois Department of Public Health’s director to reject adding migraines to the list, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Novak ruled that the director must “reconsider evidence presented to the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board”…

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Illinois Bank Facing Fed, State Heat Tied to MJ Clients

A community bank in Illinois has reportedly landed in legal hot water with the federal and state governments for violations allegedly relating to cannabis.

The news highlights financial industry fears that the federal government will go after banks with cannabis clients, despite a February 2014 letter from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network essentially stating that banks with marijuana business accounts would be left alone as long as they meet certain compliance standards outlined in the letter.

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Illinois Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law

Illinois Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Law

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to expand and extend the state’s medical marijuana program.

The legislation, Senate Bill 10, extends the state’s medical cannabis program to 2020. Legislation initiating the program was set to expire in 2018.

Other changes to the program include: adding post-traumatic stress and any terminal illness as qualifying medical conditions; extending the lifespan of state-issued registry cards from one year to three years in duration; and amending the requirement that…

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Add PTSD to Medical Cannabis List, Judge Tells Illinois

A judge in Illinois’ Cook County ordered the state’s medical marijuana program to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for MMJ within 30 days.

In what the Associated Press described as a “sternly worded” ruling, Judge Neil Cohen said the state’s medical cannabis director, Nirav Shah, wrongly ignored a state program board recommendation that PTSD be added to the list of qualifying conditions, and instead conducted his own analysis in violation of state rules.

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Program Director Resigns, Again

The second head of Illinois’ medical cannabis program has resigned after a little more than a year on the job, the latest government regulator to leave for a potential opportunity in the marijuana industry.

Outgoing program chief Joseph Wright, an attorney, followed in the footsteps of lawyer Bob Morgan, who left the agency last year and is now president of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association. Wright told the Associated Press that “he felt the time was right to seek other opportunities, possibly in the medical cannabis industry.”

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Week in Review: IL Expanding Medical Cannabis, OR Milestone & CA MMJ Revamp

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By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Illinois moves to give its medical marijuana industry a boost, Oregon marks a milestone in its adult-use cannabis industry, and California lawmakers embark on a revamp of the state’s MMJ market.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

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Illinois is expanding the list of approved conditions for MMJ use – and making it easier for docs to help patients get access to medical…

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Illinois Legislature Votes to Extend Medical Cannabis Program

On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate approved a key bill that would change the sunset date on the state’s medical cannabis program from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2020. The House approved the bill on Monday. The final votes on SB 10 capped off a whirlwind effort by lawmakers in the closing days of the 2016 session.

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Rep. Lou Lang

In addition to extending the program by two and a half years, SB 10 would allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder or a terminal illness to qualify for medical cannabis. It would also…

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Illinois Set to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The Illinois House of Representatives voted Wednesday to remove criminal penalties for possession of a personal amount of marijuana in a vote of 64-50. The bill — SB 2228 — will now be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

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Sen. Heather Steans

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, represents a historic change in Illinois. Instead of arresting and jailing people in possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana, those found in possession would simply pay a fine of up to $200….

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Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

SB 2228, which includes provisions agreed upon by Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers, would replace potential jail time with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 on Tuesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval, having previously passed in the Senate.

Senate Bill 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make possession of up to 10…

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Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

SB 2228, which includes provisions agreed upon by Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers, would replace potential jail time with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois House approved a bill 64-50 on Tuesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for approval, having previously passed in the Senate.

Senate Bill 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make possession of up to 10…

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Illinois Senate Approves Decriminalization Bill

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Sen. Heather Steans

Illinois Sen. Heather Steans’ bill to decriminalize marijuana possession, SB 2228, passed the Senate Tuesday on a vote of 40 to 14. The measure will now be considered by the Illinois House of Representatives.

Sen. Steans’ bill would lower penalties by removing the possibility of arrest and a jail sentence for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana. Perhaps more importantly, it removes the possibility of a harmful criminal record for cannabis possession, which can last a lifetime….

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Illinois Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Illinois Senate Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

SB 2228, which includes provisions agreed upon by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly, would replace potential jail time with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana

CHICAGO, IL — The Illinois Senate approved a bill 40-14 on Tuesday that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana. It will now go to the House for further consideration.

Senate Bill 2228, introduced by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would make possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a…

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Illinois Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Wins Key Senate Committee Vote

Illinois Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Wins Key Senate Committee Vote

SPRINGFIELD, IL — A proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Illinois has advanced after winning approval of the Senate’s Criminal Law Committee.

The measure now moves to the floor of the Senate for a third reading and vote, which is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16.

If passed, Senate Bill 2228, sponsored by Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), would eliminate possible criminal penalties for the possession of up to ten grams of marijuana.  Currently, those caught possessing that amount could face up to six…

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Poll Finds 82% of Illinois Voters Support Medical Marijuana

Poll Finds 82% of Illinois Voters Support Medical Marijuana

CARBONDALE, IL — More than four out of five Illinois voters support medical marijuana use, according to a new poll released Monday.  The same poll found a slim majority oppose legalizing recreational use of cannabis, however.

According to the poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 82% of Illinois voters support legalized medicinal marijuana in Illinois. Only 16% were opposed.

This represents an increase of 19 points since the same poll asked a similar question in 2013, when…

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Illinois Tries Again to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions

Illinois Tries Again to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Conditions

House Bill 6199 would also protect registered medical marijuana patients’ rights to own firearms.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Lawmakers in Illinois are trying to allow patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eligible for the state’s medical marijuana program.

This marks the third attempt to add the condition to the state’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that is estimated to impact some eight million Americans annually, including many military…

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Illinois Governor Rejects Adding Conditions to Medical Cannabis Program

Illinois Governor Rejects Adding Conditions to Medical Cannabis Program

Despite a recommendation from the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner decided not to add eight medical conditions to the state’s medical cannabis pilot program.

This is the second time his health department has turned down expanding the list of qualifying conditions.

The petition included four pain syndromes and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The first time Gov. Rauner’s health department rejected new conditions, the governor noted that the program was not yet fully up and running. However, now that dispensaries…

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ASA Releases New Report on State Medical Marijuana Programs

ASA Releases New Report on State Medical Marijuana Programs

With the release last year of the first detailed analysis and comparison of state medical marijuana laws, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) created a patient-focused tool to identify effective programs and problem areas. That groundbreaking report was followed by the release of ASA’s new, far more detailed report on state programs, which reflects the many new states that have added programs as well as others that have improved their existing programs.

Like the original report, this latest white paper enables advocates, policy makers and…

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ASA Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nationwide

ASA Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nationwide

Patient Advocates Hope Report will Help State Legislators “Make the Grade” in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans for Safe Access (ASA) issued “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” on Tuesday. The annual report evaluates the array of differing state medical cannabis programs across the country from a perspective often overlooked in policy debates: the patients’ and provides policy makers with model legislation and regulations. With dozens of states already seeing legislative…

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Illinois MMJ Program Success Requires 600% Patient Growth

Marijuana business owners in Illinois say they need to see 20,000 to 30,000 customers in the next six to 12 months to stabilize what they worry is a struggling industry, according to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago.

So far, about 4,000 patients have registered for the state’s medical marijuana program, and about 5,200 people have submitted patient card applications, according to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Illinois dispensary owners blame the low patient numbers on an…

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Medical Cannabis Sales Hit $1.7M in Illinois

The launch of Illinois’ medical marijuana program may not have been smooth, but now that it’s up and running, sales have been brisk.

Between Nov. 9 – when Illinois’ first dispensaries opened – and the end of 2015, medical marijuana sales hit nearly $1.7 million, according to the Associated Press. Grams were sold at between $14 and $15.

Wholesale growers also did well, selling about $1.5 million to retailers, the AP said.

There were 20 operational dispensaries by the end of 2015, and…

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MMJ Startup Strikes Deals With Maryland University, Hospital

A medical marijuana cultivation startup is partnering with a university and a hospital in Maryland with the hope that it will win one of the 15 grower licenses under the state’s medical cannabis program.

Wellness Farms announced this week that it inked an agreement with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to create a program for medical marijuana research, and also plans to work with McCready Health, which runs the only hospital in rural Somerset County, according to Delmarvanow….

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Cannabis Edibles Debut in Illinois

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois now have a new product to offer their patients: edibles.

Ataraxia, a cultivator in the small town of Albion, recently delivered cannabis chocolates to two dispensaries, which started selling the infused products on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The square-inch chocolates contain 10 milligrams of THC and cost $7 to $9 each.

Other cultivation sites will deliver edibles starting in January or February, the AP reported.

Under the state’s…

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New Decriminalization Bill Introduced in Illinois

Flanked by leaders in the faith community, Illinois Rep. Kelly Cassidy today announced a new decriminalization bill last week for the 2016 session, HB 4357. Rep. Cassidy has long worked to establish a more just approach to marijuana possession in Illinois, and this new bill gives lawmakers and the governor a chance to quickly pass a bill they both agree would improve the lives of thousands of Illinoisans.

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Rep. Kelly Cassidy

While both Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature agreed that arrest and jail should be…

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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Illinois, Faith Leaders Voice Support

Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Filed in Illinois, Faith Leaders Voice Support

Illinois faith leaders call for swift action on HB 4357, which includes provisions agreed upon by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly

CHICAGO, IL — Rep. Kelly Cassidy announced Thursday that she is introducing new legislation for 2016 that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana in Illinois.

House Bill 4357 would make possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine. Adults would no longer face time in jail, and the civil offense would be…

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Award-Winning Pastry Chef Launches Marijuana Edible Company

Award-Winning Pastry Chef Launches Marijuana Edible Company

James Beard Foundation’s Best Pastry Chef in America Mindy Segal Announces Launch of Marijuana Edible Product line in Illinois.

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois medical marijuana patients will soon have a line of decadent chef-crafted products to choose from with the announcement of James Beard Award-Winning Chef Mindy Segal’s new edible line.  Segal, owner of Chicago’s acclaimed Hot Chocolate Restaurant, is the first high profile, award-winning celebrity chef to attach her personal brand to products in the cannabis industry.

Segal is…

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales Start Strong

The first eight medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Illinois sold nearly $211,000 worth of cannabis combined during their first few days of sales.

The state’s medical marijuana program director said the dispensaries served 806 customers who bought some 460 ounces of marijuana, or about a half an ounce per person on average, from Nov. 9 through Nov. 13,  according to the Associated Press.

 This suggests that the average price per ounce was about $450. Illinois monitors sales through…

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Illinois’ First Dispensaries Open

Over half a dozen dispensaries have been authorized to open today, finally bringing relief to medical cannabis patients across Illinois. 2000px-Seal_of_Illinois.svgThe store openings mark the most significant milestone since the law was passed nearly two and half years ago.

So far, eight dispensaries are approved to begin operating. The Illinois Medical Cannabis Community reports that at least five are confirmed to open today, including Harbory (Marion), Herbal Remedies (Quincy), EarthMed (Addison), Salveo Health and Wellness (Canton), and…

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Illinois’ First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open

Illinois’ First Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Open

Department of Health approves over a dozen long-awaited dispensaries to open this month; licensed and regulated businesses begin providing medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois’ first medical marijuana dispensaries have been approved to open across the state, with five expected to open Monday, including locations in Addison, Canton, Marion, Mundelein, and Quincy.

So far, a total of eight are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health with seven more dispensaries expected to open later…

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales (Finally) Begin Today

Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales (Finally) Begin Today

The sale of medical cannabis to qualifying patients and caregivers will begin at eight dispensaries located throughout the state.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After years of delays, the first eight dispensaries in Illinois will begin selling medical marijuana as early as next Monday after state officials gave growers the green light Friday to begin shipping cannabis to dispensaries.

The eight dispensaries are located in Marion, Mundelein, Canton, Quincy, Addison, North Aurora, Schaumburg and Ottawa.  According to Joseph Wright, Director of Illinois…

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales (Finally) Start Monday

Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales (Finally) Start Monday

The sale of medical cannabis to qualifying patients and caregivers will begin on Monday, November 9, 2015 at eight dispensaries located throughout the state.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After years of delays, the first eight dispensaries in Illinois will begin selling medical marijuana as early as next Monday after state officials gave growers the green light Friday to begin shipping cannabis to dispensaries.

The eight dispensaries are located in Marion, Mundelein, Canton, Quincy, Addison, North Aurora, Schaumburg and Ottawa.  According to Joseph…

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Illinois Dispensaries Gearing Up for Launch

Marijuana industry observers in Illinois say just about all the pieces are in place for the state’s medical cannabis program to launch within the next two weeks.

Illinois’ first cannabis crop has been harvested, processed and packaged, while the four state-certified laboratories are waiting for product to test, according to the Chicago Tribune. Regulators have started mailing the first of some 3,200 medical marijuana cards to registered patients, and a database that verifies patients and…

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Illinois Governor Rejects Additional Medical Marijuana Conditions

Illinois Governor Rejects Additional Medical Marijuana Conditions

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allowed patients suffering from eleven different conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, to qualify for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Other conditions that would have been added to the program included chronic post-surgical pain, osteoarthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. The addition of the qualifying conditions had been suggested by the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board earlier this year.

In his veto message, Rauner…

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Illinois Registers First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Illinois Registers First Medical Marijuana Dispensary

SPRINGFIELD, IL — After years of delays, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois has been registered by the state.  The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR), who is responsible for overseeing the state’s medical marijuana pilot program, announced the registration on Tuesday.

Harbory, which will be located in the southern part of the state in the city of Marion, was the first dispensary applicant in the state to successfully complete the registration and inspection processes, and is now licensed…

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