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Illinois Marijuana News
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
"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: 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
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
June 26, 2019 - Associated Press
May 31, 2019 - WQAD
May 30, 2019 - The Hill
May 15, 2019 - Herald & Review
May 15, 2019 - The Southern Illinoisan
Police Oppose Marijuana Legalization in Illinois, But Want a Bigger Cut of The Proceeds if Law Passes
May 8, 2019 - Chicago Tribune
May 6, 2019 - Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2019 - Illinois Channel TV
April 4, 2019 - Illinois News Network
April 3, 2019 - Heart of Illinois ABC
March 23, 2019 - State Journal-Register
Marijuana News from The U.S. and Around the World
Note: State or country location is indicated when not included in the orignal headline.
April 4, 2019 – Jurist Legal News & Research
March 28, 2019 - Associated Press
March 19, 2019 - Associated Press
March 8, 2019 - The Hill – Jurist Legal News & Research Services
January 15, 2019 - Associated Press (Video)
December 27, 2018 - Associated Press
December 20, 2018 - Associated Press
The farm bill legalizes the production of hemp, a form of cannabis with lower THC levels than marijuana.
December 12, 2018 - Washington Post
December 7, 2018 - The Hill
November 7, 2018 - Washington Post
November 6, 2018 - Kansas City Star
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