Illinois Legislature
10:08 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly

Hemp rope

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:05 pm

Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp.  HB5085 is weaving it's way through the legislature.Lee Strubinger reports.

The Illinois Farm Bureau has been pushing the idea.  But hemp was banned in the 1970’s and labeled a controlled substance, as it is related to marijuana.

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Four Students Suspended
4:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Drugs in Cookie Dough Leads to Arrests in Burlington

Credit Curtis Bisbee / Tri States Public Radio

Some Burlington teenagers are in trouble after adding a little something extra to some cookie dough in a home economics class... Marijuana.

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Medical Marijuana
7:28 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Illinois House Approves Marijuana Law


Medical marijuana took a significant step on April 17 toward becoming law in Illinois.  For the first time, it won approval in the House.

The vote was close (61-to-57), and lawmakers were vacillating until the last minute.

People who decided to support medical marijuana said they heard from constituents who told them it's the best way they've found to relieve their pain.

But others are worried about people abusing the system.

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Changes to Law Proposed
5:58 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Galesburg Mayor to Veto Marijuana Law

Galesburg City Hall
Rich Egger

The recently approved marijuana ordinance in Galesburg has gone up in smoke.

The law would have allowed police to issue a ticket to those caught possessing up to 2.5 grams of pot. Offenders could pay a fine instead of going to court.

But Mayor Sal Garza will veto the measure and is recommending changes he feels will improve it.

The mayor wants to start an education program for those under age 18 who are caught with small amounts of marijuana. He also wants to increase the fine to cover the cost of implementing the program.

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