Illinois is the second-most corrupt state in the nation, according to the University of Illinois-Chicago. And corruption costs the state economy at least $550 million per year. But the size and scope of government corruption is nothing new for Illinoisans. What is new? Powerful Illinois lawmakers, Chicago aldermen, local mayors and business interests are involved...View Report
City leaders passed a resolution expressing support for expanding scientific and medicinal research on organic psychedelics in Chicago, with the goal of decriminalizing adult use of the plants and fungi.
Illinoisans convicted of possession of cannabis prior to the state’s 2016 decriminalization law could see those crimes expunged under a bill passed by the Illinois House.
The Alternative to Opioids Act will give more Illinoisans the option to treat pain with medical marijuana.
Under state Rep. Kelly Cassidy’s proposal, Illinoisans age 21 and older could legally possess, manufacture and sell marijuana.
Effective immediately, possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana in Illinois is punishable by a fine, instead of a misdemeanor with possible jail time.
Imposing civil fines instead of criminal penalties for marijuana possession is a smart first step toward changing how the state deals with low-level, nonviolent crimes.
The Illinois House has voted to impose civil fines rather than criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession.
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have removed the threat of jail time for simple marijuana possession.
Police chiefs and prosecutors increasingly support policies to reduce unnecessary incarceration.
Limited criminal-justice resources need to be oriented first and foremost toward addressing crimes with victims, not personal conduct.