St. Louis’ homicide rate already at 15.

( KTRS ) We may only be in the second month of the year, but St. Louis’ official homicide number has already reached fifteen. The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Departments homicide statistics, released Tuesday, show there have already been six in the central patrol area and nine in the North Patrol area. All victims are…

Medical marijuana sales rise in Illinois to start 2016

CHICAGO (AP) – Medical marijuana sales in Illinois picked up in January as more dispensaries opened around the state. Program director Joseph Wright announced Tuesday that patients legally purchased more than $1.2 million in marijuana last month. Seven new dispensaries joined the program, bringing the total to 28 shops as of Tuesday. Wright says retailers…

New law imposes fine for minors possessing e-cigarettes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Anyone under 18 who’s caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation last week that imposes penalties for minors who possess e-cigarettes. State Sen. Julie Morrison sponsored the measure. The Deerfield Democrat says…