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What’s next for cannabis?

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

* Tom Schuba takes a look at the future of cannabis legalization here. As the sponsors noted yesterday, the General Assembly has passed new laws related to alcohol just about every year since Prohibition ended and cannabis will likely be the same

Anyone over the age of 21 can already order up pot products for delivery in California, Nevada and Oregon, according to O’Keefe.

Deliveries of recreational marijuana will also kick off when sales start next year in Michigan, the first state in the midwest to legalize recreational pot, as well as the following year in Colorado, O’Keefe said. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission delayed voting last month on regulations related to the delivery and social consumption of weed, according to The Republican.

While home cannabis deliveries came up during Illinois’ last legislative session, Cassidy said she and fellow lawmakers wanted to wait until the initial legalization bill had passed to address those types of sales.

“That opens up a layer of issues that I don’t think we were prepared to address,” said Cassidy, who was deterred by reports of medical marijuana delivery drivers being robbed in Michigan. “That’s something that is likely another bill for another time.”

Dan Linn, executive director of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, echoed some of Cassidy’s safety concerns but also noted that the delivery business would likely be easier to crack into than other aspects of the legal pot industry that require hefty, non-refundable application fees and other barriers to entry.

They have smart phone apps for weed delivery service in California. You can be sitting at an outdoor cafe sipping on a pink lemonade and, poof, just like that, the delivery person arrives with your order.

…Adding… I somehow forgot to include this…

* Related…

* Pot to be legal here in 2020: On Tuesday, Rep. David Welter, a Morris Republican, applauded legalization. “Today is an affirmation of individual liberty. Adult use of cannabis should be a personal choice,” he said. “Beyond that, I am proud of our commitment that 20 percent of the revenue generated by legalization will go toward funding for mental health and substance-abuse services in Illinois. An additional 10 percent will go to pay down the state’s backlog of unpaid bills, which directly benefits hospitals, health care, and social-service providers in every community across the state.”

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  1. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:48 am:

    totally appropriate topic as the US Supreme Court today said that the 2 year residency requirement to obtain a liquor sales license in Tennessee is struck down and that was a 21st amendment issue. pot law will be an interesting field.

  2. - A Well-Regulated Commenter - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:52 am:

    “poof” Nice job, Rich.

  3. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:53 am:

    “What’s next for cannabis?”


    – MrJM

  4. - Fax Machine - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:54 am:

    Municipalities will be updating their zoning laws for cannabis over the next few months

  5. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:55 am:

    “You can be sitting at an outdoor cafe sipping on a pink lemonade and, poof, just like that, the delivery person arrives with your order.”

    Now we’re talking.

    Colorado just legalized social marijuana use, where customers will be able to smoke in places like dispensaries, hotels, cafes etc.

    We took an enormous first step and should move forward in time, hopefully sooner than later.

  6. - njt - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:56 am:


    $200 permit in January /s

  7. - supplied_demand - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:56 am:

    Delivery services already exist in Chicago.

  8. - Baloneymous - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 9:57 am:

    Don’t we first need to address the clear violation of the supremacy clause in the US constitution mentioned by Grant Wehrli yesterday. /s

  9. - don the legend - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 10:08 am:

    I know some folks who have been delivering cannabis for years and years. :)

  10. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    I don’t want to go as far as Colorado. Glad Illinois does not allow smoking in public. Can’t stand cigarette smoke andwe are done with that. Don’t want smoke from weed either. Otherwise smoke away but not in public

  11. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 10:35 am:

    “Don’t want smoke from weed either.”

    Those who don’t want “smoke from weed” don’t have to go to establishments where marijuana smoking is allowed. If politicians and voters support social consumption, we’ll have it. Who will opponents be to say otherwise?

  12. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 10:48 am:

    Grandson of Man -
    Smoke is not good for the lungs, and if it is allowed in a business, people who go into the establishment as part of their job (utility workers, delivery people, etc.) will be forced to breathe it as part of their employment.

  13. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 11:05 am:

    “Smoke is not good for the lungs”

    Drinking is not good for the liver, smoking cigarettes is not good for the lungs, overeating junk food is not good, etc. That’s nobody’s business but those who consume, unless they do it irresponsibly, like drunk driving or smoking cigarettes in public establishments and buildings where it’s not allowed.

    If people don’t like marijuana smoke they don’t have to work at social smoking establishments. It’s that easy to avoid.

  14. - Blue Dog Dem - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 11:41 am:

    Whats next for cannabis? Dont know, whats the buzzz around Springfield?

  15. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 11:45 am:

    Your consumption of alcohol has no impact on my liver. Your smoke exhalation–tobacco or pot–in my presence could have an impact on my respiratory system. So yeah, I’d prefer you keep your smoke away from me.

  16. - Lt Guv - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 12:08 pm:

    Cheryl44 nails it. Your smoke affects me. The other behaviors don’t, assuming one isn’t driving.

  17. - vole - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 12:35 pm:

    Claims to the unenviable historical record of the last Illinoisan busted for possession of less than 30 grams.

  18. - A Jack - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 12:43 pm:

    I would like to see weed allowed at open air concerts that are age restricted to 21, and the use endorsed by the performer and the venue. And the concert should advertise that weed would be allowed.

  19. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 12:47 pm:

    “So yeah, I’d prefer you keep your smoke away from me.”

    In marijuana consumption establishments, no smoke would go on you unless you choose to go there or work there. What right do people have to stop consenting adults from smoking marijuana at specific establishments?

  20. - ChrisB - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 12:49 pm:

    I visited San Francisco last weekend. The whole place smelled like weed. At the bars, the people outside weren’t smoking tobacco products.

    I was initially on the “You do you” legalization train, but I do hope that there are some regulations on when and where people can light up.

  21. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 1:03 pm:

    “but I do hope that there are some regulations on when and where people can light up”

    I absolutely agree that there should be restrictions. At the same time, if there are marijuana smoking establishments, people can go there to smoke and not bother those who don’t want to be around it. It would be better for tourists, anyway, so they can have places to smoke and create more jobs and revenue.

  22. - XonXoff - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    – Your consumption of alcohol has no impact on my liver. Your smoke exhalation–tobacco or pot–in my presence could have an impact on my respiratory system. So yeah, I’d prefer you keep your smoke away from me. –

    I can respect that. I have similar issues with bullets.

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