January 1, 2014 |
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.
November 17, 2011 |
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.
August 26, 2013 |
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...
October 8, 2013 |
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...
December 18, 2013 |
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...
January 10, 2013 |
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...