Adult Use Cannabis Legalization Bills Introduced

Adult Use Cannabis Legalization Bills Introduced

Illinois lawmakers are currently working to advance legislation that would allow adults in Illinois to legally grow, possess and consume cannabis.  The twin bills, Senate Bill 316 and House Bill 2353, would allow adults 21 and over to grow up to five plants and purchase up to one ounce.  It would tax cannabis at $50 per ounce at the wholesale level and a 6.25% sales tax with a potential for higher local excise taxes.  These bills are projected to bring in between $350 and $700 Million dollars in tax revenue per year.

Illinois NORML supports these bills and are adamant about keeping home cultivation in any amendments to these bills.  The sponsors are holding hearings across the state to gather input from the public.  Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and urge them to “Vote Yes on Senate Bill 316 and House Bill 2353.”  217-782-2000 will connect you to the Capitol switchboard and the operator can connect you directly to your elected officials office.  Illinois NORML will also be holding more Lobby Days in 2018 to rally support behind these bills.

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    Posted at 19:01h, 10 January Reply

    In her much loved dinner prep Instagram livestreams, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made it clear that she thinks marijuana prohibition is a “tool” used to oppress people of color in the United States. But other than the fact she’d legalize cannabis and advocate for the release of people who have been incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses, she hasn’t released much info on her ideas around cannabis.

    Those looking for clues to any potential strategy got another one this week, when Ocasio-Cortez announced that Dan Riffle, health care and tax reform expert, would be joining her staff as senior counsel and policy advisor.

    That’s big news for those with an eye on weed issues because, in addition to holding past staff positions for other members of Congress, Riffle was once director of federal policy for the Marijuana Policy Project. He left the organization back in 2014; attributing his departure to the overwhelming influence of big business in the legalization movement and how it shapes policy in terms of how cannabis is accessed.

    Upon leaving MPP, Riffle told Vox in an interview: ”We used to talk three or four years ago about how we’re creating this industry, yet nobody in the industry gives to MPP. But now that they do give at least a little, it’s like, ‘Be careful what you asked for.’ Because we owe them now, and they get to drive the agenda.”

    At the time, Riffle identified some key reasons why this may be the case, including the trend of low-level cannabis advocates swapping time between activism and positions within the commercial industry. Riffle also pinpointed issues around funding experienced by marijuana advocates should their connections end with big weed businesses.

    “Who’s going to pay for a nonprofit, collective cooperative model?” Riffle asked. “It’s hard to find somebody who is willing to do that, so it’s left to the industry to fund legalization measures, and of course the industry is going to fund industry-centered policies.”

    “The industry’s goal is to make money,” Riffle told International Business Times in 2015. “But from a public health perspective, we might have other goals that are at odds with the industry’s goal of making money.”

  • Bob Dobbleena
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    Posted at 13:27h, 19 February Reply

    Steans/Cassidy in champaign town hall say they are considering removing home grows due to leo concerns! They have already said they think more licensed producers may not be needed and will limit them at the very least, current med producers happy with no competition. People will still have their lives ruined for growing a few plants at home. Dan HELP!!!

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