illinois

  1. Ron Strider

    Majority Of Illinois Residents Support Legalizing Weed. Why Lawmakers Are Lagging

    I'm intrigued by the possibility that by the next time south suburban voters head to polls to choose a president in 2020, recreational use of marijuana could be legal in Illinois. State lawmakers are deliberately studying the issue and weighing many pros and cons. Discussion points include...
  2. Ron Strider

    Will New York Or Illinois Be Next To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. New York, New York, right? Well, not so much with legal marijuana. While medical marijuana is legal in New York, the state has been slower to adapt legalization of recreational marijuana that's already happened in Alaska, California...
  3. Ron Strider

    Downstate Republican Senator: Illinois Should Legalize Marijuana

    Add a Republican senator from Central Illinois to the growing list of Illinois lawmakers who say the state should legalize recreational marijuana. State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, says he is ready to support legal, recreational marijuana if the law is written correctly. "I...
  4. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Hopes To Start Business In Arkansas

    The Medical Marijuana Commission will choose five applicants to grow marijuana and 32 to sell it in Arkansas. In February, we'll learn who the five cultivators will be out of the nearly 100 applicants. One applicant who is already in the medical marijuana business told us what the business is...
  5. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Expert: Legal Weed Inevitable In Illinois, Likely Soon

    Illinois will see legal recreational marijuana eventually, according to one industry expert. Chris Stone is the CEO of HCI Alternatives in Springfield. He said legal recreational marijuana became almost inevitable after Illinois lawmakers approved medical marijuana back in 2013. "When you...
  6. Ron Strider

    Illinois Likely To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    The State of Illinois may be among one of the next states to legalize recreational marijuana, according to a study by financial news company. 24/7 Wall St. recently published a report ranking Illinois as one of "the next 15 states to legalize marijuana," reporting that "few states seem as...
  7. Ron Strider

    Indiana State Rep Tours Bufffalo Grove Medical Cannabis Dispensary

    Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas will tour the PDI Medical cannabis dispensary at 1623 Barclay Blvd. in Buffalo Grove on Nov. 16 as part of a fact-finding trip by the chief sponsor of that state's proposed medical cannabis legislation. He is the guest of the Illinois Department of Financial and...
  8. Ron Strider

    MO: You Could Soon Use Cannabis In St. Louis And Not Worry About Being Arrested

    Metro-east residents who cross the Mississippi River and get busted for weed face stiffer penalties in Missouri than they do in Illinois. But maybe not for long. A St. Louis alderwoman has proposed a bill that would direct police not to spend their time and energy enforcing marijuana laws on...
  9. G

    Hoodwinked by MMJ doctor who recommeded me with no license to practice

    I had a lot of trouble finding any doctors in Southern Illinois who would recommend MMJ. I finally called a dispensary and they referred me to "Pied Pheifer compassionate care clinic" , who upon contacting them, said they could recommend me in one visit, $260 cash only. I knew I was going into...
  10. Ron Strider

    IL: Cook County Commissioner Renews Call To Legalize Marijuana In Illinois

    Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey renewed calls to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois Wednesday. Fritchey called the action "taxpayer relief." As the battle over the county's sweetened beverage tax continues, Fritchey said residents have reached their limit on new taxes...
  11. Ron Strider

    Illinois Lawmakers Hear Testimony For Marijuana Legalization Proposals

    In a joint House-Senate committee hearing Sept. 6, Illinois lawmakers heard testimony from a variety of experts on bills to legalize recreational marijuana. Former Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division Director Lewis Koski testified before the committee on Colorado's experience with...
  12. Ron Strider

    IL: As Marijuana Gains Acceptance, Law Firms Cultivate New Pot-Specific Practices

    Monica Gutierrez wants to be an intellectual property lawyer. But here she is, sitting in a law class on marijuana. The gray area between state and federal law intrigues Gutierrez – she needs to learn how to help cannabis businesses get their names federally registered, she said – and she's...
  13. Ron Strider

    IL: Medical-Pot Enrollment, Sales Up, But Less Than Expected

    Illinois' medical-cannabis pilot program has gained thousands of patients in the past year, and retail sales at dispensaries last month were more than double what they were in July 2016. There are now 23,300 patients in the state approved to use medical cannabis, well over double the number...
  14. Ron Strider

    'Cards Against Humanity' Pushing For Marijuana Legalization In Illinois

    A company behind a wildly popular card game is teaming up with a charity in an effort to push for marijuana legalization in the state of Illinois. Cards Against Humanity recently released its "Weed Pack," which features 30 new cards and is currently for sale on the company's website. On...
  15. Ron Strider

    Illinois Bill Would Legalize Sale, Production Of Hemp

    A bill in the Illinois General Assembly would legalize the production and sale of hemp. Senate Bill 1294 creates the Industrial Hemp Act, which would require licensing for any person desiring to grow, process, cultivate, harvest, process, possess, sell or purchase industrial hemp or...
  16. Ron Strider

    Illinois Hemp Bill May Benefit Medical Marijuana Industry

    A bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would allow hemp to be grown legally in the state could mark a major shift for medical marijuana growers if approved. Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois Chairman Ross Morreale tells the Chicago Tribune that the pending legislation could help...
  17. Ron Strider

    In Illinois, Marijuana Laws Struggle To Keep Up With Times

    In the fall of 2015, a woman named "Sage" – an alias she requested to protect her privacy – and another person were driving down Interstate 80. The duo was travelling east from Oregon: one of the eight states in the U.S. where recreational marijuana is legal. Autumn in the northwest U.S. is...
  18. Ron Strider

    Push To Legalize Weed Still On In Illinois To Help Solve Budget Problems

    A push to solve the state's fiscal crisis by legalizing marijuana will continue in January when lawmakers return to Springfield for a new session, one of the lawmakers behind the effort said. Two bills authored by state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both from Edgewater...
  19. Ron Strider

    Illinois Lawmakers Consider Letting Farmers Grow Hemp

    A bill that would allow Illinois farmers to grow industrial hemp is heading to the House. It passed out of the Senate last month. Current state law lets universities with four-year agricultural science programs grow hemp. The new measure would expand that to include all farmers...
  20. Ron Strider

    Illinois farmers May Soon Be Growing industrial Hemp

    Farmers in Illinois are one step closer to being allowed to grow industrial hemp. A bill sponsored by Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, passed unanimously in the Senate this month and now goes to the House. While the state currently allows universities offering four-year agricultural...