Illinois: Long waits and some sticker shock, but Illinois recreational marijuana market launches with a roar, nearly $3.2M in sales

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/ By John Schroyer January 2, 2020 Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts – including Illinois’ lieutenant governor – turned out on a cold New Year’s Day to mark the historic start of adult-use cannabis sales in what could become one of the biggest U.S. recreational markets in the nation. According to the state’s Department of…

DWI’s, How big is the problem?

Source: Explosion by Nick Guli November 22, 2019 In the USA, nearly 30 people every day are killed due to a driver who is under the influence of alcohol, approximately one an hour. The combined cost of all alcohol-related crashes is a staggering 45 billion dollars. This is a severe problem that needs to be…

The RIDE Act’s embrace of inaccurate breathalyzers

Legislating around alcohol and driving using imperfect technology.   By Rick Berman – – Monday, November 18, 2019 ANALYSIS/OPINION: Most Americans are familiar with breathalyzers — devices commonly used by law enforcement to detect the blood-alcohol concentration level (BAC) of a driver. Although major legal repercussions hinge on the readings from these devices, rarely do people…

CHICAGO RESTAURANTS WIN MAYOR’S SUPPORT FOR KEEPING A TIP CREDIT

But the wage-hike plan from Lori Lightfoot would raise the city’s minimum pay to $15 an hour by July 2021. Source: https://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/ By Peter Romeo Nov. 14, 2019 Chicago’s full-service restaurants notched a victory yesterday when Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a wage-hike plan that preserves the tip credit. Her proposal calls for raising the wage…

Nearly half of states slated to increase minimum wage

Hikes scheduled as $15 an hour federal proposal stalls in Congress Source: https://www.nrn.com/ Ron Ruggless Nov 12, 2019 Nearly half the states will be imposing higher minimum wage rates effective New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, with an increasing number of increases baked into earlier enacted graduated hikes or linked to economic indexes. With…