It was meant as a calm follow-up, to showcase drug seizures and justify the raids on pot dispensaries, complete with smashed door glass, of the day before.
Instead, Friday’s police news conference turned to turmoil as marijuana advocates hurled questions at Chief Mark Saunders while he laid out the figures of “Project Claudia.”
Officers hit 43 unlicensed marijuana dispensaries across the city Thursday. They slapped criminal charges on 90 dispensary owners and employees and confiscated more than 270 kilograms of pot. Among the spoils were $160,000 in cash, 127 kilograms of oils and spreads, and 142 kilograms of pot-infused cookies.
Saunders said Friday the raids, carried out in sync with city licensing staff, were “not an attack on lawful production, distribution or purchasing of marijuana for medical purposes.”
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner has reversed course on broadening Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program and is now supporting a plan to extend it roughly two years and add more qualifying health conditions.
Legislation filed Friday by Deputy House Leader Lou Lang adds post-traumatic stress syndrome and terminal illness to the qualifying conditions, reconstitutes an advisory board and overhauls procedures. The proposal also extends the sunset to 2020 from 2018.
Rauner has previously rejected attempts at expansion. He vetoed legislation adding PTSD.
While the use of marijuana is skyrocketing in California, two bills aimed at cracking down on motorists who drive under the influence of pot were shelved Friday after cannabis industry officials said they were not supported by science.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee sidelined a measure by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) that would have made it a crime for a person who has 5 nanograms or more of THC, the active ingredient in pot, per milliliter in their blood to drive a vehicle.
The Senate Appropriations Committee also killed a measure by Republican Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas that would have allowed law enforcement officers to use oral swab tests to strengthen cases.
Huff said his bill is needed, given that medical marijuana is legal in California and a measure proposed for the November ballot would allow recreational use of the drug.
“The use of both legal and illegal drugs while driving is rampant and fatal accidents are on the rise,” Huff said.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would extend the state’s pilot medical cannabis program to 2020.
The current pilot program will end on Jan. 1, 2018 if the bill doesn’t make it through the Illinois House. The measure, sponsored by State Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, would extend the program an additional two years to July 1, 2020.
Haine’s bill passed the Senate 34-11 on Thursday.
“This is to provide some stable view of terrain to those who are investing in the growing of the cannabis as well as the dispensaries,” Haine said on the Senate floor, adding many stakeholders were unsure about the program’s stability in Illinois.
Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, pointed out both the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget are opposed to the legislation, so it’s unclear whether Gov. Bruce Rauner would support the pilot program’s extension if it makes it through the House.
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