Cannabis is a growing industry in Chicago and Illinois. Here's our comprehensive coverage, from recreational legalization proposals to medical marijuana to cooking with cannabis.
In 1989, former Cook County assistant state’s attorney, Jim Gierach, publicly advocated the legalization of marijuana.
Illinois marijuana companies have a slew of job openings and plan to fill hundreds more in the coming months.
Black entrepreneurs fear pot bill unfairly benefits current sellers, leaves others with just ‘a few crumbs’
The advantages are "a pretty big giveaway to the industry, giving them a serious, significant head start, and potentially a monopoly," one says.
A bill approved by state lawmakers allows Illinois’ 55 existing medical marijuana shops to buy an additional license and start selling recreational pot next year.
Illinois lawmakers voted to legalize recreational weed Friday. Here’s what you need to know about the bill Gov. Pritzker says he will sign.
Once Gov. Pritzker signs the bill into law, Illinois will become the first state to approve cannabis sales through the Legislature, instead of a ballot measure.
With just two days to go before adjournment, the Illinois Senate passed a marijuana legalization measure.
As Illinois ponders legalizing recreational pot, I checked out a hip store selling a variety of products.
The poll comes with less than two weeks to go before the end of the legislative session — and two weeks after an anti-legalization poll showed different results.
Pro-pot legislators are still hoping to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana by the end of the month, but they are heading back to the negotiating table in hopes of stubbing out a flurry of objections.
Cassidy sent us an email promising an aide would "share the studies out of Colorado," but nothing arrived as of our deadline.
Legalizing and commercializing marijuana brings in a multi-billion-dollar industry — and that does nothing for social justice.
Madigan said the decision process for which businesses will receive new licenses would affect the vote as well.
"There's other ways to generate revenue," said state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines.
At this point, the marijuana legislation looks like a solid effort to capitalize on the positive potential of a new law. It needs to stay that way.
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A medical marijuana cultivation center in Elk Grove Village is financially banking on the state legalizing recreational marijuana.
The bill, which includes sweeping criminal and social justice considerations, would allow for the expungement of roughly 800,000 weed convictions.
Rep. Kelly Cassidy said she hopes the bill would be approved by the General Assembly by the end of May.
Illinois accepting applications to farm industrial hemp, which was criminalized nationally in 1937.
"We’re still on track and are hoping to have something to introduce this week," the bill's co-sponsor, state Rep. Cassidy, said Monday.
Lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday to begin tackling Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal, including his call to legalize recreational marijuana.
"How can you have all of this but not the thing that this festival is about?" one miffed attendee asked.
There are a variety of ways for Chicagoans to ring in the "high" holiday this year, including a street festival in the Uptown community.
Cresco Labs will gain the rights to 50 brands and more than 500 dispensaries from Origin House, which primarily operates in California.
Foxx told the Sun-Times she plans to work with a San Francisco-based nonprofit to identify and wipe clean the misdemeanor marijuana convictions.
A vote for marijuana commercialization in this state is a vote against our youth and our state’s future.
Chicago NORML supports a direct redistribution of cannabis tax dollars into the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs.
The Chicago Democrat hopes to get a recreational marijuana bill passed before the end of the spring legislative session — some seven weeks away.
After a bit more of laughter, Pritzker took a position: "People should have home grow, but the question is how much?"
Allowing prosecutors to mention El Chapo or the Sinaloa Cartel would prejudice jurors, lawyers for reputed cartel lieutenant tell judge in Chicago.
Senate Bill 7 is what is referred to as a "shell bill," or a vehicle to be amended with substantial language in the future.