Marijuana License Reform Passes Both Houses, Pritzker Says He’ll Sign It

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate passed a bill Friday creating new licenses and lotteries for marijuana dispensary licenses, addressing issues that have plagued the process set forth by a 2019 law legalizing recreational marijuana. House Bill 1443 would create two new marijuana dispensary lotteries offering 55 licenses each, as well as clearing up ongoing disputes […]

Illinois’ First-Year Legal Marijuana Sales Boomed, But Challenges Remain

EAST ST. LOUIS – The line outside the Metro East’s first recreational marijuana dispensary was already long hours before it opened for the first time last January. Hundreds of people packed themselves into a tight metal maze that could barely contain the growing crowd at Ascend in Collinsville. The line continued away from the building, snaking along a nearby sidewalk, […]

State Lawmakers Debate Police Reform, Changes to Criminal Justice System

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers spent much of their weekend session debating criminal justice reform bills. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is using the lame-duck session to address a range of social equity issues, from healthcare to education to criminal justice. On Saturday, for a combined seven hours, the House Judiciary Committee and Senate Executive Committee […]

Recreational Weed Sales Net $10M In Tax Revenue In First Month

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Revenue is reporting the sale of recreational marijuana in Illinois generated $7.3 million in cannabis tax revenue last month. In addition, the department says an additional $3.1 million was generated in retail sales tax revenue. Dispensaries across the state sold nearly $40 million in recreational pot last month. In […]

Western Illinois University To Offer Cannabis-Growing Minor

MACOMB — The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall. The university’s school of agriculture in Macomb is acting on interest officials expressed in such a class before adult-use marijuana became legal in January. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours […]

News Around Illinois – February 10, 2020

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OSF Healthcare Touts Emergency Care App URBANA – OSF Healthcare is encouraging people to install an app on their phone that will alert them when people nearby are in need of life-saving CPR. The PulsePoint app launched a couple years ago in Peoria and Champaign counties and recently expanded to Vermilion county. The American Heart Association says the […]

Driving, Growing And Pets: Your Answers To Questions About Cannabis

We’re now in the third week of legal cannabis sales in Illinois. Here are some answers to questions sent into our site Ask The Newsroom.com during the week of January 13, 2020. WILL News Director Reginald Hardwick looked for answers for some of the questions. — What legal provisions are there for controlling driving high? […]

News Around Illinois – January 16, 2020

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School Nurses Can Treat With CBD Now SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has distributed some 94,000 medical marijuana licenses, and about 600 of those went to children under the age of 18. A new law allows school nurses and officials to administer such medications on campus, at school activities, or even on a school bus. No school […]

What Legalization Means For People With Cannabis Convictions In Illinois

When he was in his early 20s, Matt purchased a pound of weed to split with his friends. The drug dealer dropped it off at his apartment in central Illinois. Moments later, he said, cops stormed in, and arrested Matt and his friends. He spent a night in jail, two-and-half years on probation, and for […]