We’re moving pretty fast these days in the world of cannabis. We get it. You’ve got a lot to keep up with in general, and every time you check out the news, it changes. That’s one of the reasons why we’re here. We always want to keep you in the loop on the latest and greatest in the weed world. So that said, here’s 3 Illinois cannabis updates to be aware of right now.
Okay, so what’s new in marijuana developments, Illinois and beyond?
You’ll find some of this is new, and some we’ve partially told you about. Check it out:
1. Illinois Cannabis Cup Awards
You know all about the Illinois Cannabis Cup competition, sponsored by High Times Magazine. If you’ve been keeping up to date with where to get your judging kits, how to be a judge, and all of the eligible categories, you should be prepared. You’ll also want to know that the digitally streamed awards show is now scheduled for 4:20pm on Sept 27th. See you there!
2. Greenhouse Skokie Exclusive
If you live in the suburbs north of Chicago, and you’re a fan of Grassroots Cannabis, you’re in luck. Skokie’s first marijuana dispensary opened on Thursday, August 27th, across the street from the Old Orchard Mall. This facility is 15,000-square feet, which not surprisingly, makes it Grassroots’s largest in the state.
Not only that, but here’s another cool tidbit you should know: Grassroots, through their Greenhouse brand, is launching a new limited edition strain in collaboration with Belushi Farms. Yep, that Belushi. This is going to be offered exclusively in Illinois at Greenhouse Skokie. You’ll want to get on their list to get the exclusive pre-order access when it launches.
3. The Nationwide MORE Act
We’ve been talking a bit about voting on cannabis issues lately. To take that a bit further, the House will be voting on a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill in September. This is pretty big. Majority Whip James Clyburn said that the chamber is expected to take up the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act during the September work period. Think this issue will be part of the November election? Um… yes.
Here’s a little bit more info on the MORE Act: If it gets full congressional approval, it will federally deschedule cannabis, expunge marijuana conviction records, and enact a federal 5% sales tax, which will then be reinvested in communities impacted by the war on drugs. Social equity, in other words. Keep an eye on this one.
The news is moving pretty fast these days, so be sure to stay will us. We’ll keep you informed as to what’s happening with adult use and medical cannabis, whether it’s Illinois or elsewhere. Especially federally. More to come soon!