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.

  • Patricia Schneider
    Posted at 06:14h, 22 December Reply

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  • Eric K. Johnson
    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
    Posted at 18:34h, 15 February Reply


    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!!!

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:34h, 23 February Reply

    If the public right to grow is not recognized by Illinois law…Prohibition remains in effect.

    Citizens will be arrested…their property may be seized…lives disrupted…for growing their own marijuana on their own property…after Politicians tell us they have legalized marijuana?

    The end of prohibition in Illinois?


    If the right to grow is not recognized and denied…then…in actual effect…this “law” will merely and only force us to switch dealers!

    This is a gift to Corporate Cannabis at the expense of the health and welfare of the Citizens/Voters of our State!

    Who can afford the exorbitant/ripoff prices charged at the Corporate Man’s Dispensary….I often wonder?

    Call…Call…Call…Representative Kelly Cassidy…Senator Heather Steans…and whoever else is in on policy making?

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:40h, 23 February Reply

    Dan can’t help…he works for the Corporate Dispensary Man!

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:47h, 23 February Reply

    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.

    Like Dan?…the Advocate/Dispensary Man?

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 18:41h, 28 February Reply

    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.” – Dan Riffle ( a man of righteous principle)

    Who’s driving the agenda in Illinois…will be revealed shortly…if the citizens of The State of Illinois are denied the right to grow marijuana…then… we the people were not driving.

    Time will surely tell.

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 13:59h, 02 March Reply

    Home grow has been a contentious aspect in legalized programs across the country, and is still being discussed as a possibility for Illinois. Law enforcement is against the idea, but advocates say allowing people to grow it at home could remove a financial barrier for people who need to use the drug medically.

    Another factor is competition with neighboring states. Michigan legalized their program in November 2018 and have proposed a 6 percent sales tax and 10 percent excise tax — some of the lowest recreational cannabis taxes in the nation.

    Cassidy’s proposal has not been finalized, so Illinois’ potential tax structure remains an open question. However, the study assumes Illinois’ recreational cannabis will be taxed at 26 percent, making Illinois cannabis much more expensive than Michigan marijuana.

    The study states: “While traveling to Michigan for cannabis will not be convenient or even preferable for residents of Illinois, some will still use Michigan as a substitute, given its proximity to the state’s major population center, the number of Illinois residents with family or friends in Michigan, and the competition that would be created in neighboring states like Indiana.”

    Another finding says demand could reach as high as 550,000 pounds per year. The infrastructure the state has in place now — for its medical marijuana program — could supply only about half that. According the study, this capacity problem should be considered when implementing a legalized program so the state does not run out of product and can keep up with demand for those who need it medically.

    State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who is also sponsoring the legislation, said these findings do not change the timeline to legal sales in Illinois. “It’s a process because there’s a lot of people we’re getting input from,” she says. “Certainly we want to pass it by the end of May is the goal, so certainly well before that we’ll have to be filing a draft.”

    Steans’ and Cassidy’s proposal is not expected to be filed until March or April as they continue to work through how to tax the product, where the tax money will go, and other key details.

    The demand study was completed by the Colorado-based consulting firm Freedman & Koski. According to their website, they ensure “successful implementation” of legalized recreational marijuana programs.

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:28h, 02 March Reply

    Michigan is one of only two states, the other being Alaska, where households are allowed to grow 12 marijuana plants.

    Most other States allow only six plants per household.

    In Alaska, households are allowed to grow 12 plants if at least two adults (21 and older) live in the household.

    In Michigan, any household with at least one adult 21 and older is allowed to grow 12 plants.

    That makes Michigan’s household marijuana cultivation law the least strict out of all of the states.

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:41h, 02 March Reply

    “If we can’t grow it,it isn’t legal”… is what the citizens/voters of Michigan said…reiterating their inherent and lawful right to grow a legal product.

    All of the above is leading to a Gordian knot..of complex rules and money based regulations around marijuana making what should have been simple complex…needlessly.

    Will there be a continuing war on home marijuana growers?…because they could not cough up Big Cannabis Bucks in order to purchase a license to grow thousands of pounds of cannabis for sale?

    Who’s zoomin’ who…here…&…now!

    Have we the people been sold down the river…I often wonder?

    Is it cash or justice?

    What’s it going to be?

    Who’s it going to be for?…time will tell.

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 15:46h, 02 March Reply

    Will Illinois law cut the knot?…or tighten it?

    What is the opposite of Prohibition?

    Will the war on citizens/cannabis continue?

    Will politicians bow to undue pressure from BigCannaBiz?

    Will prohibitionists change their minds after 75 years of supporting persecutoryl policies?

    Do the opinions of prohibitionists carry more weight (with politicians) than they deserve?

    Should Law Enforcement concerns around violation/punishment be primary?…or justice for the citizens of our state?


    Will Illinois do the right thing?

    Time will tell..and the clock is ticking.

  • Dave Undlisclosed
    Posted at 13:24h, 06 March Reply

    As someone who liked the SOG concept was a bit disappointed to see the 24-plant bill get short shrift, but after some reflection I think five plants is okay… it would be ideal if there were exceptions for seedling/clones, I guess otherwise it would be 1 clone mother and 4 harvest plants at any given time (so you’d have to harvest before starting new clones), but honestly 4 plants sharing a 1000W light can yield quite enough for nearly all users given that you can still work in three harvests a year. Plus you can now get the lights in LED, which alleviates a lot of safety concerns around ballasts and MH/HPS bulbs.

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 18:21h, 11 March Reply

    Hey Illinois…I want to grow a few marijuana plants on my own property for my own use only…NO?

    Hey Illinois…I want to grow 550,000 pounds of marijuana for sale to the adult public…O,K.?

    Huh?…Wha?…Say again…with a straight face?

    Replacing one existing street monopoly with another tax paying monopoly is a gangster move if I ever saw one!

    A monopoly is a monopoly is a…yeah.

  • Eric Johnson
    Posted at 22:19h, 21 March Reply

    Who’s afraid of the truth?…?…Norml?

  • Eric Johnson
    Posted at 22:24h, 21 March Reply

    You can run…but…you can not hide?

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:09h, 07 April Reply

    Home grow is a check against so many things that can… and do… go wrong…including but not limited to… delays in implementation, slow rollouts, limited access to retail stores, limited product availability or inadequate quality… and… it’s the only check against artificially high prices.

    If the public right to home grow is not recognized by law…the law will be wrong…and prohibition rolls on…continuing to persecute the citizens of Illinois.

    This is not legalization.

    This is not the end of Prohibition.

    This…is a corporate money grab.

    Who owns marijuana?

    Who… doesn’t?

    Says who?

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 11:16h, 14 May Reply

    Any law that does not recognize the right to home grow does not end Prohibition.

    I predict this corporate scheme will fail…to protect the citizens of Illinois from a continuing war on cannabis consumers who home grow marijuana for personal use and in competition with corporate growers who commercially grow for profit.

    Whoever can not afford the corporate controlled prices will certainly purchase less expensive cannabis on the criminal black market…thereby becoming criminals…in fear of prosecution…still.

    The end of criminal Prohibition?…hardly.

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:06h, 14 May Reply

    The issue is affordability for those unable to pay the artificially inflated prices…set by corporate sellers…and freedom from prosecution for growing a legal plant.

    Legal “businessmen” will grow one half million pounds of marijuana next year.

    Those businessmen were chosen and licensed by The State of Illinois.

    Again, this is not legalization…this…is a State sponsored monopoly…and may violate anti-trust law(s).

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 14:56h, 15 May Reply

    This bill is DOA.

    No home grow killed the bill…legislators selling stock tips…killed the bill…unclear to muddy language regarding expungement…killed this bill.

    It was a bad law…try again.]

    Please law makers, …recognize our rights as free citizens of Illinois…next time!

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 11:26h, 21 May Reply

    Looks like no competition is the order of the day?

    Whether it’s legal for The State of Illinois to sell the ( exclusive) right to grow marijuana while denying that same right to all other nonpaying citizens…A federal court will wonder…A federal court will wonder if this law creates a State sponsored and controlled illegal monopoly.

    “Approval to home cultivate one’s own cannabis faces still faces Illinois critics. A statement from the Knox County Sheriff says in part, “home grow makes it impossible for law enforcement to distinguish between legal and illegal products.”

    The reality may be, if the product of five homegrown plants exchanges the hands of friends and you’ve got a police force needing to be concerned with it, you’re not really a city or state with big drug problems.”- Forbes Magazine 5/21/2019

  • Eric K. Johnson
    Posted at 13:29h, 21 May Reply

    The public has gone from having held out in front of them a variety of rapidly descending options regarding Home Grow (in the form of 24 plants?…or is it five plants?…or is it “some” plants with the Governor’s public approval)…down to potentially zero home grown plants?

    It has become a farce.

    If the claims of ending Prohibition are to be believed by the citizens of Illinois… the right to home grow must be legally recognized,.

    Time to do it right…or not.

    This is a one shot deal…”going back later” is ridiculous and too politically naive.

    Time to do the do…or get off the Pot.

    Codify our public right to grow marijuana into law…or…continue on?.. with your Prohibition.

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