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.
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.