ILLINOIS: The first patients have been approved to receive medical marijuana in Illinois, officials said Tuesday, though the legal product won’t be available until spring at the earliest.
The Illinois Department of Public Health started issuing letters last week notifying applicants if they were approved to buy medical cannabis, spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. The actual permits have yet to be delivered.
Jim Champion, a veteran with multiple sclerosis from Somonauk who lobbied to get the medical pot law passed, said he got his letter Saturday, after being first in the state to apply on Sept. 2.
“I was shocked that it came so fast,” he said. “It’s a good sign. I did think there’s a lot of hoops you’ve got to jump through, but after I went through it, it was very easy.