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Chicago Mayor Pushes for Decriminalization of Marijuana in Illinois

By October 2, 2014Politics, US & World
Decriminalization of Marijuana in Illinois

Decriminalization of Marijuana in Illinois

On Sept. 23, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stood in front of the House-Senate Joint Criminal Reform Committee and encouraged the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide.  He also pushed to reduce the penalty for carrying a controlled substance of 1 gram or less to a misdemeanor.

This is not the first time Emanuel has supported decriminalization of marijuana in Illinois. In 2012, he supported a law to decriminalize in the city of Chicago that allows police to fine those with 15 grams of pot or less $250 to $500. Now he’s asking the state to consider the law as well.

If passed, Illinois would be the 17th state in the U.S. to decriminalize cannabis.


About Michael Mayes

As Chief Executive Officer for Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has assisted in funding some of the largest commercial cannabis projects in the world. Michael has been a cannabis investor since 2009 in Colorado’s first legal for-profit cannabis market. As the co-founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has spent years designing technology and collaborating with countless consultants on the forefront of the cannabis industry. Collaborating with the brightest minds and contributing to world-class organizations has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience for him. Also, he has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for public policy best practices through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. Michael is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Tampa Tribune, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.

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