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