Illinois Cannabis Legalization – The Advocacy Group That Made it Happen

On Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA) into law, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis. Illinois will become the second state to legalize cannabis possession via the legislative process and the first to legalize retail sales legislatively.

The Marijuana Policy Project worked closely with legislators and the governor’s office to craft and pass the CRTA, which contains the most far-reaching social equity provisions ever included in a legalization law. It includes reinvestment in communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition, broad expungement provisions, and measures to ensure the industry includes communities that have been targeted by cannabis enforcement. A summary of the CRTA is available here, and a more detailed look at the social equity and criminal justice reforms included in the legislation is available here.

Statement from Steve Hawkins, executive director for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“We applaud the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pritzker on this resounding victory for personal liberty, racial justice, and common sense. MPP was honored to work hand-in-hand with elected leaders to craft a law ending cannabis prohibition, in a way that begins to remedy the devastation of communities targeted by the war on drugs. Illinois’ focus on fairness and equity in legalization should be a model for other states.

“Illinois’ historic approach to clemency and expungement will clear up to 770,000 criminal records. Whereas the scarlet letter of a cannabis conviction has destroyed people’s futures, the CRTA provides new business and employment opportunities for those whose lives were derailed by prohibition.

“Illinois is the first state to legislatively replace cannabis prohibition with thoughtful, equitable regulation, but it will not be the last. Elected officials nationwide are heeding the call of an overwhelming majority of voters who want to stop punishing adults for using a substance safer than alcohol. And just as we today look back at alcohol prohibition as a misguided failure, future generations will look back and shake their heads in disbelief that cannabis prohibition lasted so long.”

Statement from Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“Legalization can’t simply end criminal penalties or establish sales — legalization has to be part of the healing process as we recover from the failed war on cannabis. Illinois has taken giant steps toward reducing that harm and resetting the whole system for the better.”

MPP has lobbied to reform cannabis policies in the Illinois state Legislature since 2004, previously leading the advocacy campaigns behind Illinois’ successful medical cannabis (2013) and decriminalization efforts (2016). MPP will continue working with allies to ensure smooth implementation of Illinois’ legalization law.

CBD Legislation Clears Major Hurdle in California Legislature

Legislation to clarify that hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) is legal for manufacture, distribution and sale in California was approved today by the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Authored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Assembly Bill 228 would expressly permit the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD in foods and supplements, and also in topical applications. The legislation now heads to the full Assembly for approval next week.

The bill was introduced in the wake of raids by local and state health officials on retail outlets throughout the state selling the popular products. The agencies have been inaccurately alleging that hemp-derived CBD products are prohibited by law from being sold in the state.

Retailers report losses in the tens of thousands of dollars from these regulatory actions.

“The unanimous vote today reflects broad support to clarify the law and allow Californians to continue to have access to and experience benefits from quality hemp-derived CBD products,” notes Joseph Dowling, Chief Executive Officer of San Diego-based CV Sciences, a leading manufacturer of industry-dominating brand, PlusCBD Oil™. “The federal government is removing the barriers for legal use of hemp-derived products and we are pleased that the California Legislature also is moving in that direction with this vote.”

The passage of AB 228 would redress that pronouncement which has cast a chill on legal commerce in popular products that promote health and wellness among California citizens, making clear that hemp and hemp-products are legal for retail sale.

The legislation includes an “urgency clause” that would allow it to go into effect immediately if signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

New Premium CBD Brand Cultivate Launches, Offering All-Natural Daily Wellness

Cultivate, a health-conscious brand focusing on thoughtfully-developed wellness products for the body, mind and spirit, announces the official launch of a new collection of high quality Cannabidiol (“CBD”) based consumer products that are intended to foster a sense of well-being and bring balance to its users’ lives.
The company’s line of tinctures, softgels, and topical balms are crafted with high-quality, broad-spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil. These 100% THC-free, plant-based, supplements are specially formulated to help maintain optimum daily wellness.
“We have taken great care to create safe, natural, and effective products so as to give Cultivate customers a better overall quality of life,” said Gina Champion-Cain, CEO of Cultivate, who noted that the hemp industry is set to explode into a multi-billion-dollar business within the next year or two.
“The medicinal properties of Cannabis sativa L. are very real, and the positive impact it can have on people is amazing… we have only scratched the surface of what cannabinoids can do. The future opportunities are endless.”
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