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HB902 was introduced in Illinois.

Creates the Cannabis Legalization Equity Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of law, except as otherwise provided in the Act, the following acts are lawful and shall not be a criminal or civil offense under State law or the law of any political subdivision of this State or be a basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets under State law for persons 21 years of age or older:

(1) possessing, consuming, using, displaying, purchasing, or transporting cannabis accessories;

(2) possessing, growing, processing, or transporting on one’s own premises no more than 24 mature cannabis plants and possession of the cannabis produced by the plants on the premises where the plants were grown;

(3) possessing outside one’s premises no more than 224 grams of cannabis; and

(4) assisting another person who is 21 years of age or older in any of the acts described in items (1) through (3). Provides that an excise tax is imposed at the rate of 10% of the sale price of the sale or transfer of cannabis from a cannabis cultivation facility to a retail cannabis store or cannabis product manufacturing facility.

Provides that at least 51% of the licenses issued by the Department of Agriculture for cannabis cultivation facilities and at least 51% of the licenses issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for retail cannabis stores shall be in communities disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs. Amends various other Acts to make conforming changes.

Effective immediately.

House Sponsors
Rep. Carol Ammons

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=902&GAID=15&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=115234&SessionID=108&GA=101

Actions
Date Chamber Action
1/25/2019 House Filed with the Clerk by Rep. Carol Ammons
1/28/2019 House First Reading
1/28/2019 House Referred to Rules Committee






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Rockford Scanner™: Marijuana HR 420



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Rep. Earl Blumenauer filed a bill on Wednesday to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act. In a nod to marijuana culture, it has the official designation of H.R. 420.

Read the H.R. 420 Marijuana Bill on Scribd at https://www.scribd.com/document/397141042/H-R-420-Marijuana-Bill

The new bill filed in the House on Wednesday by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is titled the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. If passed, it would remove cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances Act.

“While the bill number may be a bit tongue in cheek, the issue is very serious. Our federal marijuana laws are outdated, out of touch and have negatively impacted countless lives,” Blumenauer said in a press release. “Congress cannot continue to be out of touch with a movement that a growing majority of Americans support. It’s time to end this senseless prohibition.”

This isn’t the first time that 420 has worked its way into official legislative numbering.

California’s first effort to create statewide medical cannabis regulations was through a bill numbered SB 420 in 2003.

In 2017, a Rhode Island senator filed a marijuana legalization bill given the designation of S 420.

Sources:  forbes.com and https://www.marijuanamoment.net


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