Category Archives: Illinois

Illinois Cannabis Sales Doubled in 2021

The first year of legal cannabis sales in Illinois was a roaring success, but it turns out the second year was even better.  Twice as good, in fact. A report from the grimly named Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) showed that adult-use cannabis sales in the state totaled $1,379,088,278.61 in 2021––more than […]

Former Illinois Drug Czar Joins the Cannabis Lobbying Sector

The top official overseeing Illinois’ cannabis policy is leaving the public sector to join the weed lobby.  Toi Hutchinson, who has served as a senior adviser to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker for cannabis control, announced this week that she will be taking a job with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), billed as the “the number […]

The Winners of the Cannabis Cup Illinois: People’s Choice Edition

It’s time to crown the winners of the Cannabis Cup Illinois: People’s Choice Edition! Returning for the second time to Illinois for this virtual competition and awards show, we’ve put the judging power in the hands of the great people of the Prairie State. Judges from across Illinois were able to identify and choose the well-deserved […]

Illinois Judge Rules Weed Odor is Not Probable Cause For Searches

An Illinois judge ruled last week that the odor of raw cannabis is not sufficient grounds for police to search a vehicle without a warrant during a traffic stop. Daniel J. Dalton, Associate Judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, issued the ruling in response to a motion to suppress evidence in the case of Vincent […]

Riot Fest Brought the Good Vibes and a Love of Cannabis to Chicago

On day-one of Riot Fest, there was paranoia. Before music-lovers, which the Chicago-based festival attracts alone, entered the festival grounds, many were asking, “What about my legally acquired cannabis?!” I overheard that concern more than once, but those fears were soon laid to rest as festival goers bypassed the lovely security members and enjoyed their […]

Illinois to Hold Lottery Specifically for Those Kept Out of the Industry

Illinois will launch a new lottery program specifically for the six applicants who did not make it, so that they will now have another shot at winning and being able to operate their own recreational cannabis stores. This official new lottery was announced this past Friday, and it already has the new market buzzing with […]

Illinois Cannabis License Lottery Winners Questioned by Applicants

Officials in the state of Illinois concluded the last of three rounds of cannabis retail license lotteries, leaving many applicants without a license and left to question if social equity was ignored during the process. The first of the lotteries, called the “Qualifying Applicant Lottery,” was held July 29, 2021 and chose from over 600 […]