information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services
CHICAGO/SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 9, 2020) – Last week the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign and website that provide go-to resources for health and safety information about legal cannabis use in Illinois.
The website, LetsTalkCannabisIL.com, includes key information about legal cannabis use, along with resources regarding use. The site provides health information for specific audiences, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, adults, parents, and teenagers. Downloadable fact sheets can be found on the site and shared by community partners or anyone interested in learning about safe and legal use.
A statewide social, digital, and radio advertisement campaign will accompany the website.
“Bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market was one of the most important things we wanted to accomplish when legalizing adult-use cannabis,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Our focus of the ‘Let’s Talk Cannabis Illinois’ campaign and website is to provide a trusted source for safety and health information where all residents can go to get their questions answered on safer cannabis use.”
The news of the website launch comes in conjunction with the recent legalization of non-medical cannabis for residents of Illinois who are 21 years and older. Illinois is the first state to pass legislation around non-medical use of cannabis and has joined 10 other states in legalization. The new law outlines specific guidelines regarding the possession and consumption of non-medical cannabis use.
IDHS Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery partnered with Prevention First, an Illinois based non-profit that provides substance use prevention services, and Rescue, an award-winning agency that has developed similar campaigns for California and Vermont and is well known for developing public awareness campaigns, to launch LetsTalkCannabisIL.com.