Southeastern Illinois Company Says It’s Growing Marijuana

A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so.

ILLINOIS:  A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so. Officials at Ataraxia in the Edwards County city of Albion said Monday that they received state authorization July 10 and have started cultivating the genetic strains that will be the basis of Read the full article…

Illinois Approves 1st Medical Marijuana Workers To Grow Legal Pot

Since the state began issuing the worker IDs earlier this month, at least six cultivation centers have been approved to receive them.

ILLINOIS:  Sunlight streaming through a glass roof in a rural warehouse will likely soon be feeding one of Illinois’ first legal crops of marijuana seedlings. The company that owns the warehouse, PharmaCann LLC, is preparing for a final inspection from state regulators Tuesday. Once that is secured, along with IDs for workers who have passed Read the full article…

Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Businesses Are Hiring

Companies have begun hiring in anticipation of opening in the coming months, attracting a diverse set of candidates willing to take a chance on a medical marijuana business with an uncertain future so they can get in on the ground floor.

ILLINOIS:  As Illinois’ fledgling marijuana industry slowly gets underway, some companies have begun hiring in anticipation of opening in the coming months, attracting a diverse set of candidates willing to take a chance on a business with an uncertain future so they can get in on the ground floor. Take Rick Bower, 58, of downstate Read the full article…

Women At Work: No Old-Boys Network In New Field, Medical Marijuana Pioneers Say

“There is no such thing as an old boys’ network in a new industry,” says Wendy Berger Shapiro, co-founder of a group called Illinois Women in Cannabis.

ILLINOIS:  It’s an industry, they say, that’s too new to have a glass ceiling. And for many women, that’s a good reason to get into the booming legal marijuana business. “There is no such thing as an old boys’ network in a new industry,” says Wendy Berger Shapiro, co-founder of a group called Illinois Women Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana Supporters Host Patient Education Event

In an effort to increase patient numbers, a daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who've been on the fence about entering the medical marijuana program.

ILLINOIS:  Patient numbers have been low so far in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who’ve been on the fence. Americans for Safe Access-Illinois and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago are co-hosting the event. A $25 workshop for patients and caregivers will be followed by a Read the full article…

Marijuana Could Treat PTSD Under New Legislation

The result is the new decision severely limiting how marijuana can be obtained under the voter-approved Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

ILLINOIS: Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner. The House approved state Rep. Lou Lang’s measure 68-36 on Saturday. The Skokie Democrat says marijuana can help people suffering from PTSD. PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a Read the full article…

Chicago’s Logan Square Is Getting A Medical Marijuana Dispensary

The project was approved unanimously Thursday under the condition that a valet loading zone be established in front of the business.

ILLINOIS:  One of the more unique businesses to hit Logan Square was approved Thursday, after medical marijuana dispensary Modern Cannabis presented plans for its new location to the city. Thursday’s vote essentially affirmed plans for the dispensary presented for Wicker Park in September 2014 by owners of Emporium Arcade Bar, Danny and Doug Marks, who have paired with a Read the full article…

Medical Pot Businesses Face Illegal Competition

When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will immediately have to compete with the black market.

ILLINOIS:  When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. So what incentives might entice those patients? Think cannabis-infused premium chocolate. Well-lit display cases that showcase buds as if they Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana Business 2015: Accurate Testing For Potency Lacking In Cannabis Industry, But May Be On Its Way

The Luminary Profiler device can be used to determine the potency of marijuana in seconds.

ILLINOIS:  Everything from antacids to frozen veggies has a label detailing nutritional values and active ingredients, but when it comes to cannabis that information has been sorely lacking. How does one know how much to ingest or inhale if potency information is lacking? Sage Analytics has an answer. The company, one of 162 exhibitors at Read the full article…

Cannabis Munchies On Display At Marijuana Trade Show In Chicago

The exhibit halls of the Chicago Hilton and Towers were packed with vendors offering a glimpse of the world as it’s about to become in Illinois.

ILLINOIS:  Cannabis lemonade. Cannabis honey. Even cannabis krispie treats — bottled, packaged and labeled like any other products. A few years ago, they could have landed you in prison.  But in Illinois, they’re about to become big business. “When we first started in Colorado, there was no blueprint for this business,” said consultant Greg Gamet, Read the full article…