Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford

BROADVIEW – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) led a discussion at a town hall hosted by Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson on the implementation of the new Illinois cannabis law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.

The town hall covered the legislative, business and law enforcement perspectives of legalizing cannabis and gave residents a chance to have their questions answered.

“Mayor Thompson and I wanted to bring information on the new cannabis law to make sure our local communities understand how they can get involved in the new industry, and if they choose to, how to use cannabis within the restrictions in the law,” Lightford said.

Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell gave an overview of the law and what the legislative goals were as it was drafted. Kevin Slaughter with Viola, a minority-owned cannabis business, discussed some of the different ways people can get involved in the industry. Clint Brown with the United Food and Commercial Workers talked about workers’ rights and how unions can play a role in protecting cannabis industry workers.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx spoke regarding the expungement process included in the new law and how her office will implement it. Illinois State Police Acting Master Sergeant John Yard talked about the importance of combating illegal cannabis businesses. Broadview Chief Kevin Eugling addressed the changes in the approach to policing cannabis and what restrictions those who use cannabis need to follow.