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The funding from these grants will help students in behavioral health pay for tuition, textbooks and other fees.

IDHS awards 11 colleges $4 million in cannabis-funded grants

By Northern Star Staff | March 25, 2022

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced on March 21 that it has awarded $4 million in grant funding to support the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Success program.  The CRSS Success program is meant to prepare students...

Hookah bar to allow pot

By Kierra Frazier | February 17, 2020

DeKALB — Students and residents who are 21 and older and aren’t able to use marijuana in their residence halls or apartments will soon be able to smoke cannabis at Aromas Hookah Bar, 811 W. Lincoln Highway.Cameron Dye, an owner of Aromas Hookah Bar,...

Weed usage should be protected from business drug testing

By Jack Baudoin | February 13, 2020

Now that marijuana is legal in Illinois, there is a concern regarding employment. How will business’ drug-testing policies affect employees who use marijuana? Because marijuana is now legal, using it should be the same as going home and drinking a beer....

Chicago’s former top cop consulting local cannabis company

February 1, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — A former head of the Chicago Police Department is advising a local cannabis company on security after more than $200,000 was stolen from it during a burglary last month.Danny Marks, the co-owner of MOCA Modern Cannabis, told the Chicago...

Map illustrates federal law

Map illustrates federal law

By Noah Johnson | January 12, 2020

DeKALB — A Smoke and Drug Free map provided by the university outlines all on-campus areas where adult-use and possession of cannabis will continue to be illegal despite changes in state law.Illinois law, which allows adults age 21 and over to possess...

Adult Man Buying Cannabis Buds at Small Cannabis Store.

City to vote on cannabis zoning regulations

By Noah Johnson | October 13, 2019

DeKALB­­ — The DeKalb Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of proposed cannabis zoning regulations during the Oct. 9 meeting.The regulations will be voted on by the City Council at a later date.This comes after City Council members expressed...

Cannabis market could aid DeKalb

By Payton Higgins | September 22, 2019

DeKalb’s decision to allow the cannabis market into the county could ultimately revitalize DeKalb’s economy and NIU’s appeal to current and prospective students.The DeKalb City Council met Sept. 9 for a Committee of the Whole meeting, where it discussed...

How will recreational marijuana affect the NIU community?

By Noah Johnson | August 27, 2019

With Gov. J.B. Pritzker signing House Bill 1438 in June, the long-standing era of marijuana prohibition will come to an end for the state of Illinois starting Jan. 1.   The bill aims to regulate and tax cannabis in a similar manner to alcohol, while...

InFocus: Can cannabis rules change?

By Perspective Staff | April 20, 2017

Ian Tancun | ColumnistI do not think NIU’s marijuana policy should mirror DeKalb’s, but NIU and DeKalb’s marijuana policies should mirror Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington’s. Those are the four states in the U.S. where it is legal to purchase...

Council OKs cannabis ordinance

By Alexandria Isom | April 13, 2017

DeKALB — DeKalb alderpersons approved an ordinance Monday to reduce fine provisions within the municipal code to align the provisions with violation citations in place for possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.In July, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed...

Drug-related arrests and judicial referrals have decreased from 2014 to 2015. Despite the city decriminalizing up to 10 grams of cannabis in January, the Student Conduct code for possession remains the same this academic year.

Code to remain unchanged

By Lindsey Salvatelli | April 3, 2017

Decriminalization to not alter NIU rulesDeKALB — While DeKalb has decriminalized possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, students could still face Student Conduct violations when getting caught with possession on or off campus.Cannabis possession...

City Blotter

By Northern Star staff | August 29, 2016
The following was taken from area police and fire department records, or from DeKalb county court records. Anyone mentioned is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. TuesdayAt 4:05 p.m., DeKalb Police responded to the 1100 block of Rushmore Drive. Upon arrival, officers observed a known individual. A check revealed that Phillip Weaver, 28, of DeKalb, had an active warrant. Weaver was arrested and taken to the DeKalb Police Station. He was later transported to DeKalb County Jail. At 7:09 p.m., DeKalb Police in the 1600 block of Sycamore Road observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer performed a traffic stop and found the driver, Darrell Nelson II , 22, of DeKalb, was driving with a suspended license. Nelson was arrested and taken to the DeKalb Police Station. He was later released on bond. WednesdayAt 12:23 a.m., DeKalb Police on the 700 block of South First Street observed a vehicle cross the center line. A license plate check revealed the license plates belonged to a different vehicle whose owner had a suspended driver's license. The officer performed a traffic stop and found the owner, Alexander J. Robinson, 19, of Malta was driving the vehicle. Robinson was arrested and taken to the DeKalb Police Station. He was later released on bond.  
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