Lawmakers Want Employers to Hire Those Who Fail Drug Test?
By Kathy Valente   |   03.30.22
With nine days left before the end of session, state lawmakers are working long days to pass a bunch of unnecessary proposals. One proposal that we are very concerned about is HB 4116, which amends the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, the bill that legalized recreational marijuana in Illinois. This bill is deceptively worded, removing most of the safeguards that currently allow employers to refuse to hire and discipline employees who tested positive for THC - the psychoactive substance in marijuana.
Springfield Goes to Pot, Again and Again
By Kathy Valente   |   02.17.22
It appears that state lawmakers have decided to go for broke. Much of what's below was included in the original language of the "recreational" marijuana bill, but was removed to gather the votes needed to pass the bill, with the intention of adding it at a later time. They are intent on making a bad situation even worse.
File Witness Slip to Oppose Marijuana “Home Grows”
By Kathy Valente   |   02.15.22
Two years after legalizing “recreational” marijuana, some foolish lawmakers are sprinting ahead with legislation to allow for Illinoisans 21 and older to grow up to 5 marijuana plants in their home. The bill number is HB 4799 and is sponsored...
Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act
By Kathy Valente   |   08.31.21
If they have their way, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), want the entire nation to be able to get high by legalizing marijuana on a federal level....
Marijuana Decriminalization Happening in Congress
By David E. Smith   |   12.10.20
The U.S. House passed a bill last week that would remove marijuana from the federal schedule of controlled substances and eliminate federal criminal penalties for anyone who manufactures, distributes, or possesses marijuana. This is the first time in our nation’s...
White Paper: Marijuana Use Causes Brain Damage in Teens
By Christine Misner   |   11.17.20
Since January, when the recreational use of marijuana became legal in Illinois, state-licensed stores have sold more than $500 million worth of the drug. Illinois is one of 15 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational use of the drug. In 1996 California legalized the medical marijuana. Nearly a quarter century later, 36 states, including Illinois, and the District of Columbia now permit it. Over this period marijuana use has become acceptable in most of the United States. But has this acceptance brought harm to young people?
Jerry Nadler and Kamala Harris Want More Drugs on Our Streets
By Kathy Valente   |   09.18.20
H.R.3884, sponsored by U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and S.2227, sponsored by U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), will decriminalize high potency marijuana by removing it from the Controlled Substance Act plus expunge criminal histories related to marijuana. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act is expected to be called for a vote during the week of Sept. 21st.
Safe Banking Act Will Grow Marijuana Industry
By Kathy Valente   |   05.07.20
The SAFE Banking Act is a federal bill that would give the “medical” and recreational marijuana industries (and cartels) access to banking privileges, such as checking and savings accounts, credit lines and loans, enabling and legitimizing what has been an all cash trade to make real estate deals, payroll, insurance and operating costs much easier.
Give ‘Em an Inch and They’ll Take a Mile
By Kathy Valente   |   04.30.20
You know the saying that is often meant for children, “Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile.” Well, it also applies to liberal ‘big government’ activists and power-hungry lawmakers.
How Will Gov. Pritzker Respond to April 20th?
By Kathy Valente   |   04.06.20
If you’re not familiar with 420, you need to be, especially now that Illinois has legalized marijuana for “recreational” use. 420 is an international cannabis counterculture holiday where marijuana users congregate in open-air celebrations that occur on April 20th. Every...
Westchester Referendum on Pot Sales
By Kathy Valente   |   03.03.20
Last year many municipalities voted to Opt Out of marijuana sales and businesses. Several municipalities have a marijuana referendum on the March 17 Primary ballot, and early voting has begun. Voters in Westchester can request a ballot to vote on the referendum question and DO NOT have to declare a political party.
Rosemont Referendum on Pot Sales
By Kathy Valente   |   03.03.20
Last year many municipalities voted to Opt Out of marijuana sales and businesses. Several municipalities have a marijuana referendum on the March 17 Primary ballot, and early voting has begun. Voters in Rosemont can request a ballot to vote on the referendum question and DO NOT have to declare a political party.
Northlake Referendum on Pot Sales
By Kathy Valente   |   03.03.20
Last year many municipalities voted to Opt Out of marijuana sales and businesses. Several municipalities have a marijuana referendum on the March 17 Primary ballot, and early voting has begun. Voters in Northlake can request a ballot to vote on the referendum question and DO NOT have to declare a political party.
Lemont Referendum on Pot Sales
By Kathy Valente   |   03.03.20
Last year many municipalities voted to Opt Out of marijuana sales and businesses. Several municipalities have a marijuana referendum on the March 17 Primary ballot, and early voting has begun. Voters in Lemont can request a ballot to vote on the referendum question and DO NOT have to declare a political party.
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