Medical Marijuana In Illinois May Start Selling Next Week

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ILLINOIS: FOX 32 has learned that Illinois‘ first legal shipments of medical marijuana could depart from grow houses as soon as Friday. The man in charge of the state’s program told FOX 32 News that the first legal retail sales by dispensaries could come early next week, perhaps Monday. But a woman who worked tirelessly for Read the full article…

Key Dates On Road To Legal Medical Marijuana In Illinois

The road to legal medical marijuana in Illinois began more than a decade ago, when proponents first began pushing legislation in Springfield.

ILLINOIS: The road to legal medical marijuana in Illinois began more than a decade ago, when proponents first began pushing legislation in Springfield. After many defeats, a law establishing a pilot program was approved in 2013. Here are key dates since the law was passed: Aug. 1, 2013: Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, signs the Compassionate Read the full article…

It’s Harvest Time For Illinois’ First Medical Marijuana Crop

A company called Ataraxia is harvesting medical marijuana that will soon be sold in dispensaries around the state.

ILLINOIS: It’s harvest time in southeastern Illinois. And in one city, that means not just corn, but medical marijuana. The Associated Press recently gained an exclusive look at Illinois’ first legal marijuana crop, and the new farmland ritual beginning amid the cornfields surrounding the historic town of Albion. Illinois is among 23 states that allow Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Stirs Hope In Illinois Town

The Associated Press recently gained an exclusive look at Illinois’ first legal marijuana crop, and the new farmland ritual beginning amid surrounding cornfields in the historic town of Albion: the harvest of medical marijuana that will soon be sold in dispensaries around the state.

ILLINOIS: A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her. She doesn’t mind. It’s the fragrance of money and jobs. “My Read the full article…

Oak Park, IL Votes Down Medical Marijuana Tax

Trustees unanimously voted 6-0 against the proposed 6 percent tax, which would only have applied to the soon-to-open Seven Point dispensary planned for 1140 Lake St. Trustee Colette Lueck was absent.

ILLINOIS: Oak Park won’t have its own tax on medical marijuana if a dispensary planned for Lake Street opens up later this year. The Oak Park Village Board unanimously voted against a tax on the drug during its Monday meeting, with trustees saying they didn’t want to add another burden to ill people who are Read the full article…

Doctor Fights Charges He Misled Patients About Marijuana

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ILLINOIS:  Supporters of an Illinois doctor who’s in trouble for a marijuana recommendation say his case could have a chilling effect on other doctors’ participation in the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. Dr. Joseph J. Starkman, 36, faces possible suspension or revocation of his license for multiple violations of the Medical Practice Act. He is Read the full article…

Some Illinois Health Systems Say No To Medical Marijuana

Doctors seek alternatives to opioids

ILLINOIS:  Patients must have a doctor’s signature to buy medical marijuana in Illinois, but some health systems are forbidding doctors from putting pen to paper because the drug is still illegal at the federal level. Others are cautiously allowing doctors to participate in the pilot program, even conducting training sessions to make sure doctors know Read the full article…

ILL Gov Rauner Uses Veto To Call For Changes To Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Rauner said while he supports the "fundamental purposes" of keeping people out of jail and cutting court costs, such a significant change in drug laws "must be made carefully and incrementally."

ILLINOIS: Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday used his veto powers to rewrite a bill aimed at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying the measure that lawmakers sent him would let people carry too much pot and sets fines too low. Rauner said while he supports the “fundamental purposes” of keeping people out Read the full article…

Illinois Oks 2,800 Marijuana Patients, Including 10 Children

Illinois approved about 200 new patient applications for medical marijuana during July, including 10 children.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois approved about 200 new patient applications for medical marijuana during July, including 10 children.The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that 2,800 patients now have approval to use marijuana. It’s the first time the department announced how many are younger than 18.Growers say they’ll have marijuana in stores later this year.Parents of Read the full article…

First Medical Marijuana Center Open In Illinois

Illinois’ first medical marijuana cultivation center is open for business.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois’ first medical marijuana cultivation center is open for business. Atatraxia, derived from a Latin term meaning “a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety,” is ready to get rolling in its 52,000 square foot facility in Albion, Ill. Ross Morreale, Ataraxia’s Chief Compliance Officer, says it’s nice to be first, but the medical marijuana industry Read the full article…