Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money

Two Libertarian political candidates are asking a federal court to declare unconstitutional an Illinois ban on political contributions from the medical marijuana industry.
Claire Ball of Addison and Scott Schluter of Marion filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago last week. They say they support marijuana legalization and want to solicit campaign donations from the marijuana industry. Illinois law bars such contributions.
Ball is running for state comptroller. Schluter is running for state representative in southern Illinois’ 117th District. They argue banning campaign donations from marijuana businesses infringes on the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech.
The lawsuit names Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and members of the Illinois Board of Elections.
Madigan spokeswoman Annie Thompson says the office has until Dec. 10 to respond to the lawsuit.

Related Articles

Man pleads not guilty to murder in 5-year-old’s death A man accused of killing a 5-year-old Kentucky boy after throwing his mother from a cliff has pleaded not guilty to murder.
U.S. appeals ruling that blocks cutting off sanctuary cities The Trump administration is appealing a judge's ruling that blocks its effort to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with ...
Tattoos, piercings could affect future job chances for teens The American Academy of Pediatrics has come out with its first ever recommendations on tattoos and piercings for teens.