Equity was front and center in the push for legalization in Illinois. But the state’s industry has remained dominated by the largest cannabis companies in the country.
After a showdown between the mayor and Chicago’s black caucus, adult use sales will begin as scheduled.
Chicago aldermen want to delay adult use sales over social equity concerns, but the mayor’s office is confident they’ll begin on Jan. 1 as planned.
The list of companies includes some expected entities, like Chicago-based Cresco Labs and PharmaCann. But there are some surprising companies lobbying, too.
Florida “is the definition of legislative shitshow,” LivWell’s chief legal strategist said.
Calling its new law the nation’s “gold standard,” lawmakers vow to support the communities hardest hit by the drug war. Critics worry that the bill was rushed and won’t be able to deliver it promised social justice reforms.
The bill, long championed by the governor, now heads to the House.
Transparency advocates say language in the working draft, which is steaming toward a vote, allows the state to withhold vital information.
A deputy governor and other proponents of an adult use measure say they will consider changes to the bill in the coming days.
Charlie Bachtell talks to Cannabis Wire about his role on the governor's transition team, and how the cannabis community in Illinois is ready to help the state succeed where others have struggled on equity.
A state measure to legalize cannabis for adult-use is expected to face scrutiny at a hearing on Wednesday.
A long anticipated adult use bill was unveiled over the weekend. This spring, no other effort to legalize by legislature has succeeded. Will Illinois’ plan be comprehensive enough to overcome opposition?
Smart Approaches to Marijuana is making the same kind of arguments that blocked cannabis legalization in New Jersey.
Proponents hope a measured and deliberative debate, particularly about equity issues, will carry the bill to passage.
As Illinois Governor, Lawmakers Push For Adult-Use Legalization, Medical Cannabis Companies Elbow to Keep Head Start
Big medical cannabis firms are pooling their resources in a new political fund, while donating to key legislators.
Adult-use legalization is expected in Illinois in 2019. The prospective bill’s primary House sponsor tells Cannabis Wire she’s aiming to pass model progressive legislation.