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Is CBD just a money-making hoax?

Danielle Larson, manager of CBD Kratom in Lakeview, gives customers the sales pitch on the store's products.

Carolyn McCabe, Contributing Writer

April 15, 2020

Years ago, the idea of putting a byproduct of marijuana on one’s body would have been laughable , but today, CBD dominates the health and self-care industries. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the marijuana plant. Besides supplements, CBD-infused gummies, bath bombs, lotions an...

Legal weed prices remain high, sending some back to illicit dealers

In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry.

Hank Mitchell, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2020

Recreational annabis is legal now, but that hasn’t changed the way some people purchase their weed.  Sales taxes on cannabis are currently very high, some products having a 25 percent tax by the state alone. Adding the other applicable taxes to that, the highest taxed cannabis products – those w...

Chicagoans swarm dispensaries in first week of recreational cannabis sales

Chicagoans swarm dispensaries in first week of recreational cannabis sales

Shane René and Mackenzie Murtaugh

January 12, 2020

By 6 a.m. on New Year’s day, thousands were already lined up outside the many newly-minted recreational cannabis dispensaries across the state. Less than 12 hours later, most Chicago dispensaries were completely smoked out.  January 1, 2020 marked the day that more than 250 new laws went into effect in...

Cannabis arrests plummet in Illinois’ 5 largest suburbs

Cannabis arrests plummet in Illinois' 5 largest suburbs

Associated Press

December 28, 2019

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Cannabis arrests dropped significantly in Chicago's largest suburbs, a change many say is caused by decriminalization and a change of attitude toward the drug. Although recreational cannabis will be legalized in Illinois starting Jan. 1, suburban police were already making far...

Where you’ll be able to buy recreational cannabis in Chicago area Jan. 1

In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry.

Shane René, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

As the world celebrates the start of a new decade on Jan. 1, cannabis users in Chicago and across the state of Illinois will also celebrate the long-awaited end of cannabis prohibition.   This year, in the early days of J.B. Pritzker’s tenure as governor, Illinois became the 11th state to app...

Letter from the Editor: With the 4/20 Issue, The DePaulia brings you a modern take on marijuana

Letter from the Editor: With the 4/20 Issue, The DePaulia brings you a modern take on marijuana

Benjamin Conboy, Editor in Chief

April 15, 2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker campaigned on legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Illinois. He argued that the tax revenue brought in from it could help fill the gaping holes in our state’s budget and begin to repair the injustice of ever having locked people up for marijuana crimes in the first place. No...

New Illinois program lets patients substitute opiate prescriptions for pot

New Illinois program lets patients substitute opiate prescriptions for pot

Lacey Latch, Arts & Life Editor

April 15, 2019

In 2017, 2,202 families in Illinois felt the immediate effects of the opioid epidemic that has consumed the nation. Over 2,000 Illinois residents died in opiate related drug overdoses in that year, a rate higher than the national average, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In light of tha...

Zen and the art of glass blowing

The Zen Den in River Grove, Illinois where Pete Rivers blows and sells glass and vape products to cannabis lovers.

Benjamin Conboy, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2019

In a small shop on a busy street in River Grove, Pete Rivers is dancing a mesmerizing ballet around a torch spitting a 2-foot-long, 3000-degree flame. Rivers is a glassblower. Today, he’s making a bubbler, but he didn’t know that when all he had in front of him was a half-dozen rods of borosilica...

The trials and tribulations of being a dope-smoking dorm-dweller at DePaul

The trials and tribulations of being a dope-smoking dorm-dweller at DePaul

Shane Rene, Managing Editor

April 15, 2019

Nobody likes to end a holiday in handcuffs. Few things kill the mood like listening to your Miranda rights read aloud.    For those who mark April 20 on their calendars in anticipation of a ceremonial date with Mary Jane, keeping the authorities at an arm's length can be chalked up to a holiday chore. A...

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