Category Archives: Illinois

Taxes From Cannabis Sales To Help Groups Serving Communities Affected By War On Drugs

Consumers who buy cannabis products in Illinois may help reduce the number of carjackings, shootings and other forms of violence that occur in parts of Chicago, the south suburbs and other areas of the state. That’s the theory behind a groundbreaking program billed as the nation’s first of its kind. The innovative concept in restorative […]

Illinois Sitting On $62 Million In Cannabis Revenue Meant To Foster Businesses And Help Neighborhoods Hurt By Poverty And Violence

Despite promises that cannabis legalization in Illinois would fund more minority business participation and neighborhood improvements, the state has yet to spend $62 million collected for those purposes. Part of the delay in awarding the money is due to problems with the state’s system to award new cannabis business licenses. The other reason for the […]

Illinois Erases 500,000 Low-Level Cannabis Charges

State completes the legal process four years ahead of 2025 deadline. The governor of Iliinois has erased nearly 500,000 cannabis-related criminal records in the state. J B Pritzker cleared the state’s non-felony marijuana cases, along with 9,219 low-level cannabis convictions to start 2021. The Democratic politician signed legislation in 2019 legalising recreational marijuana use in […]

Illinois Weed Sales On Pace To Top $1 Billion In Year One Of Recreational Sales, With Plenty Of Room To Grow

The year 2020 dawned with thousands of people lined up, some overnight, waiting to be among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Illinois. As the long, strange year comes to an end, people are lined up at food banks, to get coronavirus nasal swabs and in some cases, to be among the first […]

First Recreational Cannabis Business Opens in Naperville

Recreational cannabis officially became for sale Thursday in Naperville with the grand opening of the city’s first adult-use cannabis dispensary. The former 3C Compassionate Care Center, located at 1700 Quincy Ave., has been rebranded as Rise Naperville by Green Thumb Industries Inc. The facility has been selling medicinal marijuana since 2016. “We believe that the […]

Cannabis According To Tommy Chong: ‘The Only Bad Weed Is No Weed’

Tommy Chong’s Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference debut started after a short, but fitting marijuana delay. “I’m a typical stoner,” the cannabis and comedy icon said Tuesday. “I forgot.” Chong, 82, and his comedy partner of a half-century, Cheech Marin, 74, announced in July that they have struck a deal with Five Point Holdings to open […]

Cannabis Cup Gets Underway for the First Time in Illinois

The Olympics of cannabis is underway in Illinois. The Cannabis Cup, well-known in the weed community as an imprimatur of quality, began Tuesday with the public buying samples to judge. Previously, the Cup has been held in marijuana strongholds from Amsterdam to Oregon, and featured celebrity judges like Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong. This year, […]