Illinois Governor Signs Landmark Medical Marijuana Legislation

"This law will give thousands of Illinoisans who struggle with the negative side effects of opioids, including harmful addiction, another choice to manage their pain," the governor said.

 Gov. Rauner extends health insurance to fertility preservation
Gov. Rauner extends health insurance to fertility preservation
​A new law (HB 2617) signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner amends the Illinois insurance code to require coverage of egg or sperm preservation, a well-established medical practice that gives hope to patients who receive life-saving cancer treatment that they can one day have their own children.

 Hearing Aid Legislation
Gov. Rauner approves landmark legislation to cover hearing aids for children
The governor signed House Bill 4516 at the Capitol with 10-year-old Hunter Martin. Hunter and his brother, Owen, 7, both wear hearing aids. Hunter, who resides in Illiopolis, testified in front of House and Senate committees in 2017 and again this year to advocate for the new law.

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Governor signs measures to ramp up treatment of mental illness, opioid abuse
Gov. Bruce Rauner this week signed a bill package that increases access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment and addresses the state's opioid crisis.

 Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
Rauner enacts legislation to streamline services for veterans
​Legislation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner streamlines veteran identification services and makes it easier for homeless veterans to access needed medical benefits. Rauner also made Nov. 4th GI Bill of Rights Day to pay tribute to the American Legion committee, chaired by the 29th Governor of Illinois, that wrote the historic Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944.

ILLINOIS: Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed the Alternatives to Opioids Act of 2018, adding those who might otherwise seek opioids for pain management to the list of those eligible for medical marijuana. “This law will give thousands of Illinoisans who struggle with the negative side effects of opioids, including harmful addiction, another choice to manage their Read the full article…

Green With Envy: Why the Biggest Battleground for the Beverage Industry Will be in Cannabis

Infused beverages represent a growth segment of the canna economy

ILLINOIS: Legal cannabis provides a valuable opportunity to reshape the consumer beverage industry, according to Cannabiz Consumer Group (C2G). Today, beverages generate nearly $1.5 trillion annually for the US economy. Manufacturers profiting from increasing demand for beverages that are healthier alternatives to traditional sodas and sugary drinks, while delivering unique flavors and experiences. Coupled with ample Read the full article…

Study: Medical Cannabis Enrollees Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

Update on Ohio MMJ Patient and caregiver registry

ILLINOIS: Patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis program are likely to reduce their use of conventional prescription drugs over time, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Care. Investigators from DePaul University and Rush University, College of Nursing assessed prescription drug use patterns in 34 patients registered to use cannabis Read the full article…

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties In Illinois

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By Ivan Moreno, AP ILLINOIS: Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses. The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes having 10 grams or less of marijuana will be Read the full article…

Cannacuisine Comes To The National Restaurant Association Show

Ms. Lawrence will lead a panel discussion on “The Art and Science of Cooking with Cannabis” at the National Restaurant Association® NRA Show 2016 in Chicago on Tuesday, May 24, at 1:00 p.m.

ILLINOIS: Cooking with cannabis may be all the rage, but don’t expect infused food to be coming to your favorite bistro any time soon.   According to Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook—the definitive guide for the newly minted “cannacuisine” movement, cannabis cuisine has gone gourmet, but for now you are going to Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Edibles Debut In Illinois

The Fresh Toast is looking for your special canna-recipes!

ILLINOIS: Edible medical marijuana made its Illinois debut Saturday, ending a wait for patients who prefer eating to inhaling. To some, cannabis-infused foods seem milder than smoke or vapor, but the products carry their own risks. It takes longer to feel the effects when marijuana is eaten, so it’s easy to eat too much with unpleasant Read the full article…

Illinoisans Can Suggest New Diseases For Marijuana Program

The program allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice annually, in January and July.

ILLINOIS: Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state’s medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit suggestions during January. The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions starting Jan. 1 and continuing through the month. The program allows people to suggest new diseases for the program twice annually, in Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Taxes To Illinois Total $57K In 1st Month

Legal marijuana sales began Nov. 9 in Illinois. There are now 16 licensed dispensaries operating in Illinois.

ILLINOIS: Illinois officials say the state’s first medical marijuana patients have purchased nearly $801,000 worth of cannabis during the program’s first month. Program director Joseph Wright announced the figures Wednesday. The numbers indicate Illinois has collected roughly $56,550 in taxes from wholesale sales of medical marijuana during the month. Marijuana wholesalers pay a 7 percent Read the full article…

Chicago Chef To Make Marijuana-Infused Edibles For Medical Pot Patients

Prominent Chicago chef Mindy Segal announced Tuesday she plans to create a line of cannabis-infused edible products for medical marijuana patients.

ILLINOIS: A top chef may soon be causing the munchies even as she satisfies them. Prominent Chicago chef Mindy Segal announced Tuesday she plans to create a line of cannabis-infused edible products for medical marijuana patients. Segal, the owner of HotChocolate restaurant in Bucktown, has agreed to make a line of products for Cresco Labs, which plans Read the full article…

Authorities Investigate Video Appearing To Show Toddler Smoking Pot

In the video, the toddler, who is wearing a diaper, is sitting on a chair smoking what appears to be a joint.

ILLINOIS: Chicago detectives are investigating a video appearing to show a toddler smoking marijuana. In the video, the toddler, who is wearing a diaper, is sitting on a chair smoking what appears to be a joint. The person behind the camera is heard saying “smoke man” and “inhale” while making sounds to show the boy how Read the full article…