Category: illinois

Illinois Sheriff Claims Legal Cannabis Will Lead to Dead Dogs

Prohibitionists say the strangest things. Jeff Sessions claiming that ‘good people don’t smoke marijuana’ is just the tip of the iceberg. Some of the most disturbing anti-weed prohibitionist propaganda we’ve seen recently has come from a sheriff in Illinois. As state officials and lawmakers debate whether to legalize recreational cannabis and possession of up to an ounce, one prohibitionist is pulling on the heart strings of animal lovers. Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett claimed that if cannabis is legalized in the state, drug-sniffing K-9s would have to be replaced, and that some may even be euthanized. “The biggest thing...

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Illinois Gets Closer to Passing a Bill to Expunge Cannabis Convictions

In 2016, the state of Illinois debated the idea of legalizing cannabis – but in the end they settled on decriminalization. The bill that ended up being signed into law made 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil infraction, rather than a misdemeanor criminal offense, which negated jail time and replaced it with a fine ranging from $100-200. However, it did not specify what would happen to those who had been convicted of a marijuana possession charge that was prior to the implementation of the 2016 law. It seems that they are aiming to fix this oversight this...

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Cook County Votes in Favor of Legalization – Will Illinois Lawmakers Listen?

As the national majority becomes more and more in favor of legalization over prohibition when it comes to cannabis policies, it should come as no surprise that the second most populated county in the country just voted in favor of legalizing cannabis. Cook County, Illinois – home of the city of Chicago, for those who are not familiar with the area – voted largely in favor of legalizing marijuana on a non-binding referendum on Tuesday. Though official results are not in as of this writing, unofficial results from the Cook County clerk’s office said that after all reporting was...

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Illinois Senate Approves Non-Binding Ballot Question on Cannabis Legalization

Voters in Illinois may get the chance to tell their state lawmakers how they feel about legalizing cannabis if a measure recently approved by the Senate makes it to the ballots this November. Chicago Democratic Senator Bill Cunningham both sponsored and introduced a non-binding referendum question that he says would act as a statewide poll to see where Illinois voters stand on the idea of legalizing the recreational use and commercial sale of cannabis. The Senate has voted 37 to 13 to approve the measure, which now heads to the House of Representatives to be considered. If approved by...

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