Study: Medical Cannabis Enrollees Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

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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

10 grams or less of marijuana will be a civil offense, punishable with a fine of up to $200

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

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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…

Investment Firm That Specializes In Marijuana Businesses Opens Local Office

"We are fortunate to be an early entrant in the legal cannabis capital markets, which allows us to seek and fund the best proven companies in the cannabis space," said Kevin Gillespie of First Harvest Financial, in a statement.

ILLINOIS: A private equity fund management firm that specializes in investments in marijuana-related businesses is opening a Chicago office. First Harvest Financial said it’s opening an office at the Chicago Board of Trade Building, 141 West Jackson Blvd., to fund companies in the medical cannabis market. “We are fortunate to be an early entrant in the Read the full article…

Andersonville, Ill Medical Marijuana Dispensary Open, But Can’t Sell Yet

Employees are still waiting on the dispensary's official license from the state before they can start selling.

ILLINOIS: Chicago’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Monday, but it could be a few days before it can actually start selling the drug.The Andersonville facility is in a former pizza restaurant. Employees are still waiting on the dispensary’s official license from the state before they can start selling.They expect to get it Tuesday or Wednesday.