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Illinois Legislature Passes Legislation to Allow Those Who Could be Prescribed Opioids to Become Medical Cannabis Patients

Legislation to allow those who have been or could be prescribed opioids to join the state’s medical cannabis program has been passed by the Illinois Legislature and sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. Senate Bill 336 was filed by Senator Don Harmon along with a bipartisan group of 47 other lawmakers. The measure was passed …

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Hemp Legalization Bill Passed by Illinois Legislature, Sent to Governor

Illinois’ full legislature has passed a bill to allow for the legal cultivation of industrial hemp, sending it to Governor Bruce Rauner for consideration. Senate Bill 2298, filed by Senator Toi Hutchinson, passed the Senate last month in a unanimous 50 to 0 vote. Yesterday it was passed by the House of Representatives 106 to 3. …

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Illinois Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Students to Use Medical Marijuana at School

In an overwhelming 149 to 3 vote, Illinois’ full legislature has passed a bill to allow students who are medical marijuana patients to use their medicine on school premises. House Bill 4870, filed by Representative Louis Lang along with nine other lawmakers, is known as Ashley’s Law. Named after Ashley Surin, a 12-year-old who uses …

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Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Industrial Hemp

A bill to allow for the legal cultivation and production of industrial hemp has been given approval by Illinois’ full Senate. Senate Bill 2298 was filed by Senator Toi Hutchinson along with a dozen other legislators. It was passed by the Senate last week in a unanimous 50 to 0 vote, with nine members abstaining. …

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Illinois House Committee Votes to Allow Expungement of Past Marijuana and Paraphernalia Convictions

Illinois legislation that would allow for individuals to have marijuana (and marijuana paraphernalia) possession charges expunged (removed) from their records has been advanced in the state’s legislature. Since the passage of a law decriminalizing marijuana in 2016, the possession of up to 10 grams is no longer a criminal offense in Illinois. House Bill 2367, filed …

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Illinois Judge Orders State to Add Intractable Pain as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

In a decision that will significantly expand the pool of people eligible to use medical cannabis in Illinois, a judge has ruled that the state must add intractable pain as a qualifying medical cannabis condition. In 2016 the Illinois Department of Public Health rejected a petition to add intractable pain to the state’s medical cannabis …

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Companion Bills to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Illinois

Legislation to legalize cannabis fro everyone 21 and older has been filed in the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives. Senate Bill 316 was filed by Senator Heather Steans (D), and House Bill 2353 was filed by State Representative Kelly Cassidy. Senator Steans was the lead sponsor of a 2016 measure that has since decriminalized …

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Judge Orders Illinois to Add Post-Operative Pain as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

Cook County Judge Neil Cohen has ordered the Illinois Department of Health to add post-operative chronic pain as a condition that qualifies people to become legal medical cannabis patients. The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended earlier this year that the condition be added to the medical cannabis program, but the Department of Health has …

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Illinois Marijuana Possession Laws

Illinois Marijuana Possession Laws:   10 g or less Civil Violation Incarceration: None Fine: $200 More than 10 – 30 g (first offense) Misdemeanor Incarceration: 1 year Fine: $2,500 More than 10 – 30 g (subsequent offense) Felony Incarceration: 1* – 6 years Fine: $25,000 More than 30 – 500 g (first offense) Felony Incarceration: …

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Illinois Governor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Cannabis

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill into law today that removes criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of cannabis; the law takes effect immediately. Under the new law – Senate Bill 2228 – the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis will be, at most, a $200 fine. Prior to the …

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