Illinois Drug Manufacturing Laws and Penalties
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Illinois Drug Manufacturing Laws and Penalties

On television’s Breaking Bad, Walter White glorified the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Nancy Botwin made growing and selling marijuana seem like a practical career choice on Weeds. And shows like HBO’s The Wire and Netflix’s Narcos give viewers an in-depth and almost sympathetic look into the lives of drug manufacturers, dealers, and kingpins.
 
We are surrounded by drugs in television, film, popular culture, and even the news. Just this past week, William McCaleb, a 33-year-old man from Lombard on the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted List, was arrested on felony warrants for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, manufacture/delivery of cannabis, and traffic offenses.
 
Despite the prevalence of drugs here in Illinois and throughout the United States, they are still illegal – except for a few exceptions – and they still carry harsh penalties.…

New Legislation Aims to Ban Bath Salt Ingredients
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New Legislation Aims to Ban Bath Salt Ingredients

Heroin. Cocaine. LSD. Methamphetamine. PCP. These are all illegal drugs in Illinois and throughout the United States. But when something is illegal, there tend to be people who try to find a way around the law.
 
So synthetic drugs were invented. Synthetic drugs are chemically laced substances similar to marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine that have been sold over the counter at gas stations, convenience stores, and smoke shops.
 
These drugs generally fall into two categories:
 

Cannabinoids contain chemical compounds that are designed to imitate the effects of THC in marijuana. K2 and Spice are common cannabinoids.
Cathinones contain chemical compounds that are designed to imitate the effects of cocaine or meth and are commonly known as “bath salts.”

 
Illinois – along with other states – has taken strides to ban these synthetic drugs since 2011 with new laws.…