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The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (“2018 Farm Bill”) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) regulatory authority

Cannabis insuranceWith the advent of state-legal cannabis, the businesses that make up the rapidly growing billion-dollar cannabis industry are still having to struggle to secure many professional services non-cannabis businesses obtain as a matter of course – most notably banking. One bright spot for cannabis businesses, however, is insurance. Dozens of insurance companies that cater

Ohio and Michigan home grown cannabisAs cannabis reform has spread across the United States, it has given birth to a marketplace increasingly driven by business interests. This is the third installment in our series looking at how the changing landscape of cannabis policy affects a key group of often-overlooked stakeholders: medical marijuana patients who choose to cultivate their own supply

Illinois and MarijuanaThis is proving to be a big year for cannabis. As a result, we are ranking the fifty states from worst to best on how they treat cannabis and those who consume it. Each of our State of Cannabis posts will analyze one state and our final post will crown the best state for cannabis. As is always the case, but particularly so with this series, we welcome your comments. We have finally crossed the half-way point. The states featured going forward generally have mixed laws when it comes to cannabis. Some good, some bad, and some ugly. Today we turn to number 22: Illinois.

Our previous rankings are as follows: 23. Minnesota; 24. New York; 25. Wisconsin; 26. Arizona; 27. West Virginia; 28. Indiana; 29. North Carolina; 30. Utah;  31. South Carolina; 32. Tennessee; 33. North Dakota; 34.Georgia; 35. Louisiana; 36. Mississippi; 37. Nebraska; 38. Missouri; 39. Florida; 40. Arkansas; 41. Montana; 42. Iowa; 43. Virginia; 44. Wyoming; 45. Texas;  46. Kansas;  47. Alabama;  48. Idaho; 49. Oklahoma;  50. South Dakota.


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We are long overdue for an update on cannabis in the Land of Lincoln, so here’s a quick roundup.

Illinois marijuana. It's bad out there.
Illinois marijuana. It’s bad out there.

Paucity of patients: Illinois’ medical marijuana program was designed to be one of the most restrictive in the country, and now, two years into the program,

Why limit the free speech rights of cannabis businesses?
Can Illinois limit the free speech rights of cannabis businesses? (by Newtown Grafitti, http://bit.ly/21e7sqJ)

Illinois Libertarian candidates Claire Ball and Scott Schluter have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a provision of Illinois’ medical cannabis law that prohibits any medical cannabis cultivation center, dispensary, or any Political Action Committee they create, to

We know cannabis has been moving slowly here in Illinois, but this week we celebrate.
We know cannabis has been moving slowly here in Illinois, but this week we celebrate.

Yesterday marked a major milestone for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, as dispensaries made their first sales of products to registered patients more than two years after Illinois legalized medical cannabis.  Let’s take a look

Back in May we reported the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s recommendation to include eleven additional chronic and debilitating conditions to the Department of Public Health’s approved list of qualifying conditions under Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The Board’s recommendation paved the way for the Department of Public Health Director to add

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the Department of Public Health gave some bad news yesterday for Illinois medical cannabis patients, announcing that the state will not be adding any of the eleven additional conditions approved by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. Governor Rauner also vetoed Senate Bill 33, which would have added PTSD by statute.

When will Illinois's medical cannabis regime get beyond the sprouting phase?
When will Illinois’s medical cannabis regime get beyond the sprouting phase?

With summer winding down and seeds now in the ground, let’s recap some of the key legislative developments in Illinois.

The original pilot program extension and decriminalization bills are all but toast. Earlier this spring, the Illinois General Assembly passed