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What Is the Legal Status of CBD Oil in Illinois?

CBD oil, which is short for cannabidiol oil, is a cannabinoid extract that has many of the health benefits of medical marijuana (for example, pain relief and anxiety management), but does not have psychoactive effects.

 

The legality of CBD oil is complex and often murky. This leaves many Chicagoans concerned about its legal status, but more importantly contributes to unregulated production of CBD oil that may be unsafe for consumption.

 

Fortunately, a new bill being introduced into Illinois [...]

How Illinois Drug Possession Charges Affect College and Financial Aid

This is the time of year when senioritis takes hold, and many high school students choose to cut loose and party. High school is over (or nearly so), and seniors often celebrate by engaging in pranks, drinking, or using illegal drugs.

 

Unfortunately, if teens are caught, they face severe consequences that could have a lasting impact on their future. Case-in-point: drug possession charges or other criminal activities are likely to disqualify students for federal financial aid, and could also [...]

Don’t Let St. Paddy’s Day Partying Lead to Chicago Drug Charges

St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to party in Chicago. There are many city celebrations with lots of ways for you to have fun.

 

The spirit of the Irish will be present in the green waters of the Chicago River. It will also show up in the Irish dancers and bagpipers in several parades and festivals. You’ll see it in the Irish food in many restaurants and pubs.

 

That’s because Chicago has a high concentration of residents [...]

Diversion Expansion Good News If You’re Hit with Possession in Chicago

People who are arrested on certain drug possession charges in Chicago now have two choices: treatment or sentencing. This year, police will be expanding a diversion program for low-level offenders to the whole city of Chicago based on success on the city’s West Side.

 

What happened there?

 

In 2016, Chicago police instituted a diversion program on the West Side to curb the high death rate from fentanyl and heroin overdoses. One report indicated that over 18,000 West Side [...]

The Best Ways to Defend against Illinois State Drug Trafficking Charges

One of the risks of using illegal drugs is that it is relatively common to also be charged with drug trafficking in addition to possession. Technically, trafficking can apply to any drug amount, but trafficking charges are typically associated with larger quantities.

 

Importantly, even if the drugs were intended for personal use, the type, amount, or weight of the controlled substances in question may lead law enforcement to believe that you are a drug trafficker and press charges [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

Protesting

Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

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