New Illinois Laws Create Harsher Penalties for Manufacturing and Use of Illicit Drugs

Two pieces of legislation sponsored by State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) to curb the use and manufacture of illicit drugs were signed into law on Monday, August 18.

The two bills include House Bill 5526 that will make it illegal for minors to purchase products containing the herbal stimulant kratom, and Senate Bill 3275 that will place certain synthetic drugs into a list of drugs that are illegal to manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to distribute.

House Bill 5526 prohibits minors from possessing or buying kratom. The bill also outlaws the sale and distribution of any product containing kratom to a person under the age of 18. Read more.