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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...

Upcoming marijuana legalization won’t affect DePaul

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.

Madison Bradley, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

To be blunt, it’s high time we figure out what’s really going on with legal weed in Illinois. Recreational marijuana will be legal in Illinois as of January 2020, per a bill signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June 25. Illinois will be the 11th state in the US to legalize recreational marij...

US probe of vaping illnesses focuses on THC from marijuana

This photo made available by the New York State Department of Health on Sept. 5, 2019 shows a few of the cannabis-containing vaping products which contained high levels of vitamin E acetate. Vitamin E acetate is a key focus of the department's investigation of potential causes of vaping-associated pulmonary illnesses.

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

September 27, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials said Friday that their investigation into an outbreak of severe vaping-related illnesses is increasingly focused on products that contain the marijuana compound THC. Most of the 800 people who got sick vaped THC, the ingredient in marijuana that causes a high,...

Chicago prosecutor to start erasing pot convictions soon

In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Kim Foxx, then a candidate for Cook County state's attorney, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Foxx, now the Cook County State's Attorney, says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that she estimates that thousands of misdemeanor drug convictions could be wiped out. Foxx says her office is also reviewing its policy toward prosecuting those detained for selling marijuana.

Associated Press

April 15, 2019

A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that she wants to enlist the help of San Francisco-based nonprofit...

Millennials can change the political scene in 2018 midterm elections

Millennials can change the political scene in 2018 midterm elections

Evan Sully, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018

Millennial voters will have a chance to make their voices heard next month after posting the lowest turnout in nearly four decades during the 2014 midterms. A slate of newer Senate candidates, from Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke in Texas to Republican candidate John James in Michigan, have...

Canada is second nation to legalize marijuana

Canada is second nation to legalize marijuana

Daniel Schirmer, Copy Editor

October 22, 2018

Canada’s federal Cannabis Act, also known as Bill C-45, went into effect on Wednesday, Oct. 17, effectively legalizing marijuana for recreational use throughout the nation. The only other country to have passed similar legislation is Uruguay, where recreational marijuana has been legal since Dec. 2013. On...

What is at stake with marijuana legalization

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Zoe Krey

April 5, 2015

Marijuana legalization seems to be more than just another issue for the millennial generation. By the way Barack Obama responded to the question of the drug’s legalization last month, it is clear that this issue weighs heavily on the minds of the younger population. Read More »...

Medical marijuana stirs pot in East Lakeview

Danielle Harris

November 16, 2014

The address 2843 N. Halsted St. has remained empty for years after the last business that called it home closed its doors in 2010. That vacancy may soon be filled thanks to a proposal by Chicago-based company MedMar Inc. to build a medical marijuana dispensary at the Lakeview location. Read More »...

Philadelphia largest city to decriminalize pot

Philadelphia largest city to decriminalize pot

Kevin Gross

October 19, 2014

Decision could have ramifications in health-oriented drug policy The City of Brotherly Love just made waves in the world of drug policy as they passed a marijuana decriminalization policy that took effect on Oct. 20 becoming the largest city in America to do so. Read More »...

AP: Mayor Emanuel calls for Illinois to reform drug laws

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks before the House-Senate Joint Criminal Reform Committee in Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Emanuel asked state legislators to make possession of less than 1 gram of any controlled substance a misdemeanor in Illinois and possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana a ticketable offense. Looking on at right is Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson)

The Associated Press

September 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked state legislators Tuesday to make possession of less than 1 gram of any controlled substance a misdemeanor and possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana a ticketable offense. He said the city has shown it is possible to reduce penalties for small...

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