Rockford Scanner™: Legal Marijuana One Step Closer To Reality in Illinois





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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™: Medical Marijuana: Enrollment in the state’s Opioid Alternative Pilot Program began Thursday





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(AP) — Illinois dispensaries have begun to process applications for medical marijuana through a state pilot program that offers patients access to the drug as an alternative to opioids.

Enrollment in the state’s Opioid Alternative Pilot Program began Thursday, The State Journal-Register reported.

The state Department of Public Health’s program will allow medical marijuana to be used in place of prescription painkillers. Patients previously had to have one of about 40 conditions, such as cancer or AIDS, to qualify for medical marijuana.

State officials hope the program will reduce opioid overdoses deaths. There were more than 2,000 opioid overdose deaths in Illinois in 2017, according to a report from the state Department of Public Health. The number of deaths has steadily increased from about 1,200 in 2014, the report said.

The expanded medical marijuana access is expected to double the number of medical marijuana users over the next year, said Dan Linn, the executive director of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. The increased availability could help patients manage their pain more safely, he said.

“We think that this could save people’s lives, and we’re not exaggerating,” Linn said.

To qualify for the pilot program, patients must be certified by a doctor. Patients can then register for the program at a dispensary or the local health department for a $10 fee. People who qualify for the program must visit a doctor every 90 days in order to renew the certification.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com






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Rockford Scanner™: Caught On Video: Police Arresting A Person in Rockford, Possible Police Chase





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Sources sent us this video.  It happened around 2 am in the area of Alpine and 16th. WCSO said it was a traffic stop.  RPD said it was a backup assist.  RFD said it  was a medical call. So it is not yet clear exactly what happened.

Witnesses said: “They were going south on Alpine. The car TRIED to turn west on 16th ave and went wide and got stuck.

One cop got out with their gun drawn. The black male driver got out, followed the police directions. Then the cop got him on his stomach, got one hand cuffed then tried the next, either got it or not.
The officer started to throw some long hard punches to the drivers back while handcuffed or semi handcuffed
Then the cop was yelling at the female passenger, then back up came and got the female without going to the ground cuffed
Then there was 3-4 squads on Alpine and Newburg near Papa johns…
Then they all come down to the traffic stop 7 squads, fire truck and a ambulance.
The medical was for the male driver, he was cuffed and walked into the Ambulance….I am guessing from the knee to the back, or the 8-10 hard police blows to the back/neck”





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Rockford Scanner™: Aggravated battery in Rockford, Possibly involving a police officer



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Sources are reporting several emergency personnel in the area of 10th St. and 20th Ave. on Rockford’s East-side around 2 am.

Rockford police confirmed an aggravated battery at this location around 2 AM.

We been told this incident involves a police officer, but the police will not yet confirm this at this time.

It is not yet known if these two incidents are related but the Rockford police confirmed there was a traffic stop at the same location just prior to the aggravated battery.

All we can confirm is there is a scene near this location in at least one person was injured and needed medical treatment. And the Rockford Police Department confirm there was a traffic stop and an aggravated battery at the same location. Press enter no other details are available at this time

Update: At 5 am, the RPD is reporting a resisting and obstructing a peace officer at this location. Unknown if it is related.


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Rockford Scanner™: Sources are reporting a scene in the 500 block of Park Place in Rockford.



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Sources are reporting a scene in the 500 block of Park Place in Rockford.

Sources are reporting a man not breathing in the 500 block of Park Place. The victim is a male approx. 50 years old.  Rockford Fire Department is requesting the police to get there quickly with lights and sirens, unknown why at this time.  Unknown what happened to the male victim.

Still developing


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Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting A Scene , Crime Scene Unit & Several Officers


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Sources Reporting A Scene 

UPDATE:  Sources said this was a shooting incident scene. Police confirm a shooting incident but did not provide any details.


Sources are reporting the crime scene van along with several police officers are working a scene near  Kennedy Hill Rd & Montague.

As you know the local police are encrypted. So it is not yet known what happened.

We will try updating this, when more information becomes available.





Rockford Scanner™: Auto Accident With Injuries Near Loves Park/Rockford


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Auto Accident With Injuries Near Loves Park/Rockford

Just before 3pm today, sources were reporting an auto accident with injuries near Rockford/Loves Park.

It happened near the intersection of E Riverside and Perryville.  The accident scene is just south of the intersection.

Injuries were being reported. It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries.

Avoid the area or expect delays





Rockford Scanner™: Several Police Working A Scene Near Loves Park


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Sources are reporting a scene near Loves Park

UPDATE: Suspects were wanted in an aggravated hijacking. A couple of suspects are in custody. Sources said it appears the vehicle may have rolled over near the ramp to I-90. Still developing.


Sources are reporting approx. 20 police squad cars are at a scene near I-90 and E Riverside. At the time of writing this we do not yet know what happened.

We been told that there are several officers near I-90 and E State st as well, possibly related to this call.

We have been told this was a possible police chase that ended up into an auto accident. But not confirmed.  (Not related to the one from earlier)

Avoid the area or expect delays

Video by Dan





Rockford Scanner™: Police Chief and African American Liaison Advisory Committee to Host “Mocha with Moore”


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The African American Liaison Committee and Police Chief David Moore invite you to stop in for “Mocha with Moore” on Friday December 14th from 10AM – 12PM at Mocha Moment.

Use this opportunity to visit to visit with Chief Moore and members of the African American Liaison Advisory Committee. We look forward to visiting with you!

Mocha Moment
1121 Center Av.
Janesville, WI 53546

For questions contact:
Carrie Harrell-Payton
(608) 713-2688





Rockford Scanner™: Several Police Working A Scene Near Loves Park


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UPDATE: VEHICULAR HIJACKING ARRESTS: On Thursday, December 6, 2018, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to a report of an aggravated vehicular hijacking in the area of Lexington Avenue and Preston Street. Upon arrival, officers learned three armed, male suspects approached the 40-year-old female victim while she was stopped at a stop sign. One of the suspects demanded property from the victim, hit her with the gun, and forced her out of the vehicle. The suspects fled in the victim’s white car.

Officers located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on eastbound U.S. Hwy 20 near 11th Street. The suspects fled at a high rate of speed and officers pursued. The chase ended when the suspects crashed while trying to exit onto East State Street from I-90. The suspects got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. All three suspects were taken into custody. A Rockford Police K9 was used to apprehend one of the suspects, and a loaded firearm was also recovered. 

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges against the suspects. The third suspect, an adult male, was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening. Charges are pending against him following the completion of medical treatment.

Juvenile Male, 16, Rockford: Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, Resisting Police

Soldier Perkins, 19, Rockford: Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, Resisting Police, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Fleeing to Elude

Perkins also faces several traffic charges. The juvenile was lodged in the Juvenile Detention Center following treatment of minor injuries at a local hospital. Perkins was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against the suspects are merely accusations. The juvenile and Perkins are considered innocent unless proven guilty in court


Sources are reporting a scene near Loves Park

UPDATE: Suspects were wanted in an aggravated hijacking. A couple of suspects are in custody. Sources said it appears the vehicle may have rolled over near the ramp to I-90. Still developing.


Sources are reporting approx. 20 police squad cars are at a scene near I-90 and E Riverside. At the time of writing this we do not yet know what happened.

We been told that there are several officers near I-90 and E State st as well, possibly related to this call.

We have been told this was a possible police chase that ended up into an auto accident. But not confirmed.  (Not related to the one from earlier)

Avoid the area or expect delays

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