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Health Care: The Illinois Chamber Goes Neutral on Marijuana Legislation 

The Illinois Senate approved a measure on May 29 for the legalization of recreational cannabis. Given the political headwinds on the issue as well as the numbers in the Legislature there and the Illinois Governor’s support, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce changed its position from opposed to neutral with the following caveat and request to lawmakers: Make Illinois’ recreational [...]

2019-06-14T14:27:20-04:00June 14th, 2019|

Legislators Ignore Facts and Snuff Out Smoking Reforms Yet Again

By Mike Ripley, vice president of health care policy and employment law * PDF version available for printing * Despite this being a budget year, legislators could not be convinced to raise the cigarette tax. Nor could they be swayed to increase the legal age to 21 on tobacco products, contrary to the pre-session remarks by legislative leaders. Not [...]

2019-05-15T11:32:19-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Chamber Testifies Against Medical Marijuana in Study Committee

Last month, the Indiana Chamber weighed in on the General Assembly’s public hearing on legalizing  the use of marijuana for medical purposes, stating: “The Indiana Chamber opposes the legalization of marijuana in any form for recreational use. The Chamber is opposed to medical or therapeutic use until consistent safety and effectiveness in clinical trials exists, as indicated by the [...]

2018-11-06T23:57:28-04:00November 7th, 2018|

3 Things You Need to Know About Employee Drug Use

By Adam Bartrom, guest author This area of the law reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the movie Fletch. While Fletch is impersonating a police officer (disclaimer: you should not do that), a teenager asks Fletch if he is going to jail for car theft. Fletch asks: “Why? Did you steal the car?” “I sure did,” says [...]

2018-10-30T13:34:17-04:00October 30th, 2018|

Health Care: Marijuana Message Shared; Senate Majority Leader McConnell Invites Chamber to Opioid Roundtable

The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys held a summit this week on the Truth About Marijuana. The event and preceding press conference were conducted to provide factual data about marijuana and spotlight the information that has developed from states that have enacted legislation making marijuana legal recreationally and medicinally. The Indiana Chamber was invited to present along with Indiana [...]

2017-12-08T13:57:00-04:00December 8th, 2017|