The Majority Report 03/11/19 - Study: Cannabis demand will exceed existing supply


Study: Cannabis demand will exceed existing supply

Sen. Heather A. Steans

Lawmakers sponsoring legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois released a study showing that demand is likely to far exceed what the state’s existing licensed growers can supply.

The study, commissioned by State Senator Heather Steans and State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, found that demand could rise as high as 550,000 pounds of cannabis per year, highlighting the need for Illinois to expand its existing medical cannabis market to both meet demand and to diversify, allowing for the participation of more minority business owners.

“While we should not expect cannabis sales to be a one-stop solution to Illinois’ financial woes, it is encouraging to see evidence that we are on the brink of establishing a thriving, robust industry to meet the demands of many Illinoisans who have until now been turning to the criminal market,” said Steans, the legislation’s Senate sponsor. Continue reading.



Harris fights against unfair drinking water rates

Sen. Napoleon Harris III

Low-income Cook County communities could soon see lower drinking water rates under a measure sponsored by Senator Napoleon Harris III.

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Chicago Tribune, residents in Cook County’s lowest-income communities pay more for their water, sometimes as much as 20 percent, than those in the wealthiest towns in Cook County. The disparity exists even though 80 percent of the county receives water from Lake Michigan.

“Where you live shouldn’t determine the cost of your drinking water,” Harris (D-Harvey) said. “It’s unfair that some of the poorest communities in my district are paying more money for water than wealthier communities in Cook County.” Continue reading.




Cunningham seeks to improve response time for overdoses

Sen. Bill Cunningham

A measure sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham to combat opioid overdoses by improving emergency response time passed the State Senate in a bipartisan vote Wednesday.

“We’re facing a crisis when it comes to overdoses in our state and we need to empower our first responders to act quickly,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “It’s time for lawmakers to get aggressive in the fight against opioid abuse.”

Senate Bill 1258 would require emergency medical technicians in Chicago to report treatment of an individual experiencing a suspected or actual opioid overdose to the city for use in the Overdose Detection Mapping Application. Continue reading.




Crowe urges use of Illinois steel

Sen. Rachelle Crowe

State Senator Rachelle Crowe is urging Illinois to adopt “buy Illinois” and “buy America” steel policies – a nod to her region’s vital contributions to the nation’s steel production.

“With all our steel manufacturers in mind, it’s vital that their work be appreciated throughout the state,” Crowe said. “Steel manufacturers employ thousands of hard-working people in my Senate district and across Illinois. We should support their work to keep people employed and create even more jobs.”

In Illinois, the steel industry employs more than 9,000 workers and supports about 64,000 jobs. Production has steadily declined over the years because of imported steel. Continue reading.




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