Local and National Organizations to Launch Coalition in Support of Ending Marijuana Prohibition in Illinois
Illinois is ready to take it to the next level. Sponsors of a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use will join local and national marijuana policy reform advocates for a news conference on Wednesday to announce the next step for the legislation and launch a coalition that will support it.The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday, April 12, in the James R. Thompson Center Press Room on the 15th floor.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) will discuss the details of the General Assembly’s first hearing on SB 316 and HB 2353. Rev. Alexander Sharp, Chicago-based executive director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy (CNDP), and Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) will discuss the newly formed Coalition for a Safer Illinois.
The Coalition for a Safer Illinois is made up of citizens, community leaders, and local and national organizations, including CNDP, MPP, the ACLU of Illinois, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). It will work to build support for ending marijuana prohibition in Illinois.
The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults, and it would create and enforce strict health and safety regulations, such as testing and labeling requirements and restrictions on marketing.
Wednesday News Conference
WHAT: News conference to launch the Coalition for a Safer Illinois and announce the next step for legislation to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, 10 a.m. CT
WHERE: James R. Thompson Center Press Room, 15th Floor, 100 W. Randolph Street, Chicago
WHO: Sen. Heather Steans, sponsor of SB 316
Rep. Kelly Cassidy, sponsor of HB 2353
Rev. Alexander Sharp, Chicago-based executive director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Chris Lindsey, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project
Additional members of the Coalition for a Safer Illinois