Illinois Libertarian candidates win federal lawsuit against law making it illegal for medical marijuana groups to contribute to candidates

From Ballot Access News on March 24:

On March 24, U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee, an Obama appointee, struck down a 2013 Illinois campaign finance law that makes it illegal for any medical cannabis cultivation center or dispensary organization to make a campaign contribution to a candidate for state or local office. Ball v. Madigan, n.d., 1:15cv-10441. The decision is 22 pages long.

The only two plaintiffs are Claire Ball, the Libertarian nominee for state comptroller in 2016, and Scott Schluter, the Libertarian nominee for state house, 117th district, in 2016. Schluter was not on the ballot because of Illinois’s severe ballot-access requirements for candidates for the legislature.

Thanks to Benjamin Barr for this news.