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November 17, 2011 | Georgia Garvey, RedEye
After Ald. Danny Solis (25th) announced his decision to propose changes to Chicago's laws for small amounts of marijuana possession, RedEye gave him a call to see why he thinks the issue is ripe for discussion. Why did you put this measure forward? There are basically three reasons. … The key issue for me on this is that this is over 83,000 hours of police time that can be spent in our neighborhoods, patrolling for more serious crimes. And the second reason?
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January 1, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Illinois rang in 2014 as the 20th state where medical marijuana is legal. But the nuts and bolts of the new state law will likely take legislators at least a year to hammer out. For people interested in becoming card-carrying medical marijuana users or helping grow the new pot industry the law creates, that could mean months of waiting. The state bill legalizing the use of marijuana and marijuana-infused products to treat health ailments and alleviate chronic symptoms took effect Wednesday.
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January 1, 2014 | By Katelyn Harper, @snarkyserif and RedEye
Hey there. My name is Katelyn. I'm 22 and looking to get into medical marijuana. Well, that escalated quickly. While most people probably go straight to older people and cancer patients when they think of the typical medical marijuana user, there are actually a bunch of less-publicized ailments that can qualify you to pick up pot, which became legal in Illinois on Wednesday. People with glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), dystonia or Crohn's disease are on the list too, among others.
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January 1, 2014 | By Katelyn Harper, @snarkyserif and RedEye
Hey there. My name is Katelyn. I'm 22 and looking to get into medical marijuana. Well, that escalated quickly. While most people probably go straight to older people and cancer patients when they think of the typical medical marijuana user, there are actually a bunch of less-publicized ailments that can qualify you to pick up pot, which became legal in Illinois on Wednesday. People with glaucoma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), dystonia or Crohn's disease are on the list too, among others.
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January 1, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Illinois rang in 2014 as the 20th state where medical marijuana is legal. But the nuts and bolts of the new state law will likely take legislators at least a year to hammer out. For people interested in becoming card-carrying medical marijuana users or helping grow the new pot industry the law creates, that could mean months of waiting. The state bill legalizing the use of marijuana and marijuana-infused products to treat health ailments and alleviate chronic symptoms took effect Wednesday.
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November 17, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
You've heard the stoner arguments for legalizing pot: "Weed is 100 percent natural, dude. It's from the earth. Thomas Jefferson grew it, man. Thomas. Jefferson. " But lately the case for legalization and decriminalization of possession comes from entirely different camps, and they're using arguments with more finesse, research and economic impact than those tossed out at a party in your friend's smoke-filled basement. Witness the City Council, which is looking at reduced penalties for possession of amounts less than 10 grams.
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August 26, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Belmont-Cragin man was arrested Sunday evening in a drug bust that netted police about $5 million worth of chemicals used to make methamphetamine, heroin, MDMA, and cannabis, county prosecutors said. Joseph Frank Ruzicka, 21, who goes by Froto, was arrested at his home in the 5400 block of West Wellington Avenue after a man led police officers to the home and said that he purchased five bags of marijuana from Ruzicka two nights before, according to the police report. Police allegedly found more than 13,000 grams of a substance used to make...
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October 8, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Beverly man was arrested Monday after police allegedly found tens of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in his home, along with 13 growing marijuana plants, county prosecutors said. Michael Dunbar, 35, of the 1700 block of West Beverly Glen Parkway, turned himself in to police officials Monday afternoon, after learning that he was a wanted on charges of manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. Police identified him as the resident of the Beverly home where officers were called to earlier in the day by the...
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December 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The Chicago Police Department released an alert saying officers would make roadside car safety stops on the Near North Side over the weekend. The "roadside safety check" is slated to take place from 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 and end at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. The alert says police will slow down traffic by stopping cars and checking for drivers who might be intoxicated, or might be committing other safety violations, such as driving without...
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January 10, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
More than 350 tickets were written for pot possession since the ordinance decriminalizing marijuana went into effect over the summer, bringing the city nearly $98,000 in fines. From Aug. 4 through Dec. 25, the city issued 380 citations for possessing up to 15 grams of cannabis, according to data obtained by the RedEye through a Freedom of Information Act request. The month of August saw the most tickets written. The City Council passed the law decriminalizing marijuana possession on June 27, and it...
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November 17, 2011 | Georgia Garvey, RedEye
After Ald. Danny Solis (25th) announced his decision to propose changes to Chicago's laws for small amounts of marijuana possession, RedEye gave him a call to see why he thinks the issue is ripe for discussion. Why did you put this measure forward? There are basically three reasons. … The key issue for me on this is that this is over 83,000 hours of police time that can be spent in our neighborhoods, patrolling for more serious crimes. And the second reason?
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November 17, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
You've heard the stoner arguments for legalizing pot: "Weed is 100 percent natural, dude. It's from the earth. Thomas Jefferson grew it, man. Thomas. Jefferson. " But lately the case for legalization and decriminalization of possession comes from entirely different camps, and they're using arguments with more finesse, research and economic impact than those tossed out at a party in your friend's smoke-filled basement. Witness the City Council, which is looking at reduced penalties for possession of amounts less than 10 grams.
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August 5, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Tired after Lolla? At least you didn't spend the night in jail. Among Lollapalooza's Sunday attendees: a handful of undercover police officers, at least nine fest-goers who got caught buying or selling drugs, and a lot of tie-dyed clothes that made their way to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse by Monday afternoon. The cast of alleged drug-offenders was diverse, according to court records. There was the 17-year-old high school student from the North Side, who officers caught with a mix of marijuana joints, Ecstasy pills, and LSD tablets wrapped in foil; the 20-year-old woman with...
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January 16, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"Justified" creator Graham Yost was in a terrible pickle when it came time to work on Season 3 of his critically acclaimed series: What do you do when you've killed off one the greatest baddies ever? You find not one, but two major villains to trouble the ever-so-cool U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant). Oh, make that three; Raylan's nemesis/friend Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) hasn't left the Kentucy backwoods. Boyd is making a play for the Harlan County marijuana trade that was once run...
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