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…

Revolution Enterprises Wins Preliminary Approval To Dispense Cannabis In Maryland

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MARYLAND: Revolution Maryland Retail LLC received preliminary authorization to operate a medical cannabis dispensary in Maryland. Revolution Maryland Retail was awarded license pre-approval to operate in Maryland’s Senatorial District 34 following a competitive licensing process that drew 811 applications for up to 109 available licenses statewide. District 34 sits northeast of Baltimore along the Interstate 95 corridor, and encompasses a majority 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…

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…

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.