Chicago PD Release Video Showing Where You Can Smoke Weed Legally

Find out where you will be allowed to consume cannabis before it becomes legal in Illinois in a few weeks.

Recreational cannabis is slated to become legal in the state of Illinoisstarting January 1, 2020. As that date approaches, cities throughout the state are getting ready to implement changes.

In some locations, that means flat-out banning the sale and consumption of marijuana. In other places, that means rolling out public information campaigns.

The city of Chicago will allow cannabis sales and consumption. Recently, the city launched an informational campaign called Cannabis Facts Chicago. The initiative aims to give city residents an overview of everything related to recreational weed. That includes information on consumption, the effects of marijuana, and how new laws will work in 2020.

Most recently, the Chicago Police Department published a video explaining where people will and will not be allowed to smoke weed when it becomes legal next year.

Chicago PD’s New Video

The PD posted the video to its Facebook page yesterday. In it, a police officer explains a number of rules that will go into effect next year.

According to the video, the main rules about legal weed in Chicago include:

  • Only adults 21 and older can buy, possess, and consume weed.
  • It will be legal to buy and possess up to 30 grams of flower, 5 grams of concentrate, and 500 milligrams of weed-infused products.
  • The only place to buy weed legally is from a licensed retailer, nobody else.
  • It will still be illegal to grow weed at home. Medical marijuana patients with a card are the only ones who can grow weed.

After outlining the main rules about buying and possessing weed, the video turns its focus on where it will be legal to consume it.

Here’s where you will be allowed to consume cannabis private residences. However, the video noted that landlords can ban residents from smoking. Additionally, it is legal to consume in designated consumption spaces.

On the other hand, there are a number of places where it will still be illegal to consume weed. This includes inside cars. Similarly, it will be illegal to consume weed on public transportation property.

Additionally, you can’t smoke weed near public schools or in public places like restaurants, cafes, sidewalks, and parks.

Cannabis in Chicago

These public education programs are not the only ways Chicago is preparing for legalization. At different times throughout the year, city authorities have outlined specific rules and guidelines.

Some of the most important rules and guidelines established by local officials have to do with where retail will be allowed.

Most notably, in September, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced new zoning rules outlining where dispensaries will and will not be allowed to operate.

Under these rules, the city will be divided into seven zones. Starting in January, each zone will be allowed to contain seven dispensaries.

From there, Lightfoot’s plan will scale up the number of dispensaries in the city. Specifically, each zone will be allowed to open seven more dispensaries beginning in May 2020.

However, there is also one “exclusion zone” in the city. There will be no dispensaries in downtown Chicago. Specifically, this zone includes most of the Loop and the Magnificent Mile.

Kohut, ByTim. “Women Prefer Cannabis Strains High in CBD, According to New Study.” Green Rush Daily, 31 Oct. 2019, https://greenrushdaily.com/health/cbd/women-prefer-cannabis-strains-high-in-cbd-according-to-new-study/.

Construction Workers Most Likely To Use Drugs, New Study Says

Pot being the most popular.

Construction workers are the most likely to use drugs, according to a new study. The types of drugs may surprise you—cannabis should be the least of the public’s concern.

Researchers with New York University published their research Wednesday in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. They’re the most likely to misuse prescription opioids and to use cocaine. As for cannabis, they’re second-most likely; those in service jobs took the prize for cannabis.

Pot Most Popular with Construction Workers

“It makes sense that we see higher rates of construction workers using pain-relieving substances such as opioids and marijuana, given the labor-intensive nature of their work and high rates of injuries,” said lead author Danielle Ompad, associate professor of epidemiology at NYU College of Global Public Health, in a statement.

True, but that’s also why it’s such a risk for them to use such drugs. In 2017, one of five of the 4,674 worker deaths were in the construction industry, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That’s mostly due to falls, but electrocutions and injuries also contributed. That makes this sector among the most dangerous to work in.

“Construction workers are at an increased risk for drug use, which makes them vulnerable to work-related injuries or even overdose deaths,” said Ompad, in a statement.

The study authors examined this issue looking at nearly 10 years worth of data of more than 293,000 people between 2005 and 2014 from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Construction workers made up about 6 percent of the sample—16,610 participants—and they also included workers in the extraction and mining sector. The researchers compared their responses to people in 13 other jobs, also learning about workplace drug policies.

Compared to all other sectors, construction misused prescription opioids by 3.4 percent, compared to 2 percent. With cocaine, 1.8 percent of workers reported using compared to 0.8 percent elsewhere. Many more use pot—12.3 percent—but it’s was 0.1 percent less than the rate from the service industry.

Recently Unemployed Workers at Higher Risk for Drug Use

The team found that instability in the workplace also contributed to increased drug use. Those workers who have been unemployed in the last week or working three or more jobs were more likely to use cannabis and abuse prescription opioids. The scientists also found connections between workers who skipped work and those who used cannabis, cocaine, and prescription opioids.

While cannabis is fairly safe, the opioid epidemic has killed hundreds of thousands over the last 20 years, per the Centers for Disease and Control. This study highlights the risk this sector faces in light of the opioid crisis.

Fun, ByLissett. “Construction Workers Most Likely To Use Drugs, New Study Says.” Green Rush Daily, 30 Oct. 2019, https://greenrushdaily.com/news/construction-workers-most-likely-to-use-drugs-new-study-says/.

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