recreational marijuana

Carbondale is opting in when it comes to legal marijuana sales, as laws change in 2020.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC College of Business Dean Terry Clark about the upcoming 2019 Technology and Innovation Expo.

State of Illinois

State officials have identified areas of Illinois where applicants to grow and sell marijuana legally would get preference under the law's social equity provision.

Carbondale City Council Weighs Cannabis Sales

Sep 25, 2019
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Carbondale's city council discussed sales of recreational marijuana at their meeting Tuesday night.

Illinois has passed legislation allowing recreational marijuana use starting in January 2020, but cities can opt-out of allowing sales. Marion and Murphysboro have both voted not to let dispensaries operate within city limits.

Carbondale councilman Adam Loos noted that allow sales would benefit Carbondale thanks to tax revenue and tourism from neighboring states. 

The city of Murphysboro has join the city of Marion in prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana.

The Murphysboro City Council voted 6-to-5 Tuesday to oppose the sale of recreational cannabis within the city limits.  Mayor Will Stephens was the tiebreaking vote.

Illinois’ weed legalization law won’t take effect until next year, but the Illinois State Police is wasting no time. That agency is preparing to enforce new regulations surrounding legal cannabis.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a law Tuesday legalizing recreational marijuana. That makes the state the 11th to approve recreational use.

Illinois is poised to become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana after lawmakers approved a massive 610-page proposal that is touted as one of the most equitable in the country. 

It looks like recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois.

The House is sending marijuana legislation to the governor, who has said he will sign it into law.

Illinois has officially proposed legalizing cannabis for adults 21 years and older by Jan. 1, 2020. But as details of the legislation emerge, so does the opposition. 

When Illinois issued the first licenses for medical marijuana businesses in 2015, almost all the recipients were white. We look at what a more racially diverse marketplace might look like if the state legalizes recreational use. From WBEZ in Chicago, Susie An reports.

Northwestern Illinois’ Stephenson County is one area where changes in the status of cannabis are being embraced. The people doing it are not necessarily the ones you’d expect.

Existing rules around the Illinois medical cannabis program could make the rollout for recreational use a less daunting task. But there are plenty of unanswered questions at the federal level which could complicate the process.

This week, public radio station across Illinois are tackling a once taboo topic.

The O'Hern family in west central Illinois has long been involved in traditional farming. They grow corn, soybeans, and wheat, plus they raise cattle. In the last few years they have added another crop to their repertoire: medical marijuana.

In Illinois, Cannabis Is The Talk Of The Towns

Apr 29, 2019

This week, public radio station across Illinois are tackling a once taboo topic.

As Illinois explores the possibility of legalizing cannabis for recreational use, the state’s six Catholic bishops say they’re urging lawmakers to say "no." 

When talking about legalizing recreational cannabis in Illinois, the conversation has shifted from “if” to “when.” Still, many residents have questions and concerns about what such a program would mean for the state. Lawmakers pushing for a legalized program held a meeting in Springfield on Monday where they attempted to clear up any confusion and gather feedback from residents. 

A majority of Illinois voters wants to legalize recreational marijuana according to a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU.

Director John Shaw says the numbers are significant.

Illinois lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on the economic benefits of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Supporters says legalizing pot would raise hundreds of millions of dollars in much needed tax revenue for the state.