(CARBONDALE) An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state’s opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee. The Southern Illinoisan reports the measure would allow individuals who qualify for opioids to apply for the state’s medical cannabis program, plus it would create a pilot program where patients can take a physician certification to a dispensary to receive medical marijuana. Look for a lot of debate on this in Springfield.
(OLNEY/NEWTON) A quick note to all motorists this weekend to be extra alert while traveling on area highways and country roads. As regional farmers are in their fields, there is plenty of farm and ag-related equipment moving from field to field. Those traveling are reminded be on the lookout for the slow moving vehicle signs and be alert to the flashing lights on the equipment. Farmers are reminded to make sure all SMV emblems are clean and clearly visible on all farm equipment. Farmers are also urged to think “safety first” as the 2018 spring planting season rolls on.