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Senate Bill 7/HB 1438: Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act

Senator Heather Steans introduced SB 7 which creates the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. SB 7 is based on more than two years of hearings and research inititated by Sen. Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy. SB 7, which was re-introduced as an admendment to HB 1438, passed the in the Senate on May 29, 2019. See the voting record here (pdf). The Illinois House passed the bill on May 31, 2019. See the voting record here (pdf). On June 25, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed the bill into law.

Press Releases from Senator Heather Steans

"Adult-Use Cannabis Resources" - Information on the New Legalization Bill - June 2019

"New study offers several policy options in legalizing adult-use cannabis" - March 6, 2019

"Study shows demand for adult-use cannabis will far exceed existing supply" - February 24, 2019

"It's time for a new approach" (Video) - April 20, 2018

"Steans: A regulated cannabis market doesn’t increase teen use" - January 22, 2018

"Steans and Cassidy: It would be a mistake to ignore the facts on legalizing marijuana" - December 14, 2017

"Steans and Cassidy: Legal cannabis could bring revneue, jobs to Illinois" - November 28, 2017

"The future of marijuana in Illinois" - March 28, 2017

"Steans seeks to mend budget woes by legalizing marijuana" - March 23, 2017

Senate Bill 2023: Banking - Cannabis Business

Senator Toi Hutchinson introduced Senate Bill 2023 which would prohibit the Illinois Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation from penalizing or discouraging financial institutions from providing financial services to cannabis-related businesses. The bill passed both the Senate and House on June 2, 2019. See the Senate voting record here (pdf). See the House voting record here (pdf).

Press Release from Senator Toi Hutchinson

"Hutchinson, Treasurer Frerichs working to allow legal cannabis industry to use banking system" - March 20, 2019

House Bill 902: Cannabis Legalization Equity Act

Representative Carol Ammons introduced House Bill 902 which creates the Cannabis Legalization Equity Act. It provides that at least 51% of the licenses for cultivation centers and retail cannabis stores be in communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs, and allows adults to grow up to 24 marijuana plants at home. Read the HB 902 synopsis on the General Assembly website. This bill was referred to the Rules Committee on March 29 2019.

Press Release from Representative Carol Ammons

"Ammons is fighting for equity in marijuana legalization" (Third paragraph)

Illinois News Articles

Illinois Becomes 11th State to Allow Recreational Marijuana

June 26, 2019 - Associated Press

Gov. & Lawmakers Agree to Legalize Marijuana (Video)

May 4, 2019 - Illinois Channel TV

Most in House Want to Slow Down on Recreational Marijuana

March 23, 2019 - State Journal-Register

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Marijuana News from The U.S. and Around the World

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Guam Governor Signs Bill to Legalize Marijuana

April 4, 2019 – Jurist Legal News & Research

Cannabis Banking Bill Advances in US House Committee

March 28, 2019 - Associated Press

Poll: Support Rises in All Age Groups for Legal Pot

March 19, 2019 - Associated Press

New Mexico House Votes to Legalize Marijuana

March 8, 2019 - The Hill – Jurist Legal News & Research Services

Barr: I Wouldn't Go After Marijuana Companies

January 15, 2019 - Associated Press (Video)

Congress Just Passed an $867 Billion Farm Bill. Here’s What’s in It.

The farm bill legalizes the production of hemp, a form of cannabis with lower THC levels than marijuana.

December 12, 2018 - Washington Post

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