Gov. Bruce Rauner on Saturday signed a bill legalizing industrial hemp, adding Illinois to a growing list of states that allow the growth of cannabis for non-drug purposes.

The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.

Illinois is one step closer to allowing people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana or paraphernalia to expunge their criminal convictions.

Voters in the Illinois county that includes Chicago have backed the recreational use of cannabis in a nonbinding referendum.

Hemp could be in play as a new crop option for farmers in Illinois if a bill expanding its production passes the General Assembly.

Members of Illinois’ medical marijuana industry say they’re disappointed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to allow more aggressive enforcement of marijuana laws — but business operators maintain existing laws will protect them.

A proposed referendum on a primary ballot is causing a stir.

There’s one piece of legislation that seems to be getting broad bipartisan support in Springfield.

Legal recreational marijuana will be part of Illinois’ future. It’s a matter of when, not if. That’s the message from lawmakers backing legislation to fully legalize and regulate pot, and the coalition of groups lining up to support the bills.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Marijuana advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for Illinois to become the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationwide to legalize recreational pot, arguing the move will help solve the state’s notorious budget crisis.

Lawmakers are proposing to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois but say the legislation probably won't come up for a vote until next year.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is marking its first year of medical marijuana sales as more states voted on Election Day to allow legal use of the drug.

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Medical marijuana sales reached more than $3.8 million last month at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois.

Among the roughly 700 people who have walked through our doors, the typical patient — at Harbory we call them "members" — skews older and female, a demographic we are proud to match in our incredible staff.

The Delavan facility is working on hundreds of genetic strains, and plants are harvested about five times each year.

The look inside the state's secretive program comes as the struggling medical marijuana industry in Illinois is poised to grow.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses.

In a ruling that could significantly expand the use of medical marijuana in Illinois, a judge has ordered state officials to reconsider adding migraine headaches to the list of conditions that qualify a patient to buy the drug.

A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday that the state must add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana.

The Illinois House has voted to impose civil fines rather than criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession.


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