Cannabis Legislation for Illinois!

Greetings blogees!

Making sure you stay abreast of current legislation introduced for the 2019 Illinois 101st General Assembly, so check the chart below, courtesy of Roo Nieto! (www.roo247.com)

Remember, the two big bills House Bill 2353 and Senate Bill 316 would allow adults to use and purchase cannabis. Additionally, a tax and regulation system would go a little something like this:

  • Residents could purchase up to one ounce of cannabis from a licensed store. Non-residents could acquire up to a half-ounce;
  • Cannabis would be produced, processed, and sold by licensed facilities. Facilities and financial records would be regularly inspected by state regulators;
  • All cannabis sold would be taxed at the state’s sales tax rate of 6.25%, and wholesale transactions would be taxed at a rate of $50 per ounce;
  • All cannabis controlled in the program would be tested for potency, and to ensure it’s free of pesticides or other contaminants;
  • Businesses would be required to label cannabis products, including test results and product warnings;
  • Five types of licenses would be available, including licenses for cultivators, processors, testing labs, retail stores, and — in those cities and towns that choose to license them —regulated, indoor locations where adults could meet and consume away from the general public. Smoking cannabis in public would carry a $100 fine;
  • In addition to licensing and testing requirements, businesses would be subject to comprehensive rules governing security, background checks, packaging, recordkeeping, advertising, locations, signage, and many others;
  • Individual adults could cultivate up to five cannabis plants at home. Cannabis would have to be grown in a secure location, not visible from outside the property, and not accessible to minors;
  • Local communities could restrict or even prohibit businesses from operating within their jurisdictions;
  • Regulation means hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue to the state. Under the bills, 30% would go to education, 10% would be spent on substance abuse treatment, 10% would be used for a public safety campaign on the risks of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis, and 50% would be allocated to the General Fund;
  • Employers would not have to accommodate employees under the influence of cannabis, nor would they have to allow possession of cannabis at work;
  • Driving while impaired would remain illegal, and there would be penalties for using a fake ID or falsely misrepresenting age in order to obtain cannabis; and
  • The system proposed is based on Illinois’ existing medical cannabis pilot program, along with other similar models in other states. The existing medical cannabis program would not change under the proposed new law.

(Marijuana Policy Project, www.mpp.org)

I did a lot of copying and pasting here lol, shout out to the MPP and Roo Nieto for the great info. What all this means is on a federal level, states would have access to safe use of cannabis and can decide the amounts. State level and federal legislation are mutually important!

Make sure to stay informed and mark your calendars for Lobby Day in Washington D.C. May 9-11, 2019. For more information, email m4mmunited@gmail.com or visit http://www.chicagonorml.org.

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