Cannabis

  • Steans’ cannabis plan ensures quicker hiring, fairer market

    Sen. Heather A. SteansCorrects taxing mistakes, supports independent entrepreneurs

    SPRINGFIELD– To address immediate issues facing the newly forming legalized cannabis industry in Illinois, especially in light of the pandemic, State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) successfully passed legislation out of the Illinois Senate today to expedite the hiring process for new employees, ensure a fair marketplace for independent cannabis businesses and rectify inconsistencies in the law.

    “This plan came about through cooperation across the aisle and between both chambers of the legislature, with input from the governor’s administration, law enforcement, and business,” Steans said. “I am grateful for their hard work and for our ability to get this done despite the challenges we’ve faced during the pandemic.”

  • Illinois seeing green on first day of recreational cannabis sales

    Cannabis Dispensary

    Thousands of people started lining up outside Illinois’ 37 dispensaries in the early hours of Jan. 1 to take advantage of the state’s newly legal recreational cannabis market. By the end of the day, those businesses had sold more than $3 million in cannabis and cannabis products to more than 70,000 customers, according to estimates from the governor’s office.

    Last year, Illinois become the first state in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis via a state law, joining the 10 other states that have legalized recreational sales. It also is the second state in the Midwest and the only among its immediate neighbors that allows sales, which could help draw in tourists.

    State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), the Senate sponsor of the measure, reflected that legalizing adult use via law rather than referendum has allowed Illinois to craft the fairest recreational cannabis rules in the country.

    “We’re the first state to do so legislatively, which I think has allowed us to be more thoughtful about the way we approach it,” Steans said. “For folks that don’t use [cannabis], there’s probably some trepidation… I think they’ll see the sky doesn’t fall down, by and large.”

  • Senator Melinda Bush Discusses Legislation Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    In this edition of the "Senate Showcase" podcast, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) discusses her legislation aimed at tackling sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

  • Legalizing Adult-Use Cannabis in Illinois with Senator Heather Steans

    This edition of the Senate Showcase features State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and a conversation about legislation recently filed that would legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois.

  • Steans introduces legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in Illinois

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