23 Legal States

Illinois Medical Marijuana Facts

  • In 2013, House Bill 1 was passed by the Illinois State Senate and is now headed to Governor Quinn's desk. If signed into a law, this measure will establish an Illinois medical marijuana program that will take effect on January 1st of 2014. The bill is not perfect but it is a step in the right direction for helping terminally and seriously ill patients achieve relief.


  • In the state of Illinois an individual is considered to be guilty of DUI (driving under the influence) if he or she drives under the influence of any drug or combination of drugs to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving.  They are also guilty if there is any amount of a drug, substance, or compound in the person's breath, blood, or urine resulting from the unlawful use or consumption of cannabis.


  • In the state of Illinois, African-Americans comprised nearly ninety-percent of drug offenders that are admitted into prison, making Illinois the worst offender in the national scandal of racial disparities in drug offender incarceration.


  • While rates of illegal drug involvement cut fairly evenly across racial lines in Illinois, an African-American man in the state is nearly sixty times more likely to be sent into prison on drug charges than a Caucasian male.