Going To Pot: Will Illinois Join Colorado And Washington?

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ILLINOIS: Chicago-area Democrats stirred the pot last week, arguing it’s high time for Illinois to legalize personal adult use of marijuana. Illinois is not the first state to think about green-lighting marijuana. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington approved amendments that make it lawful for adults 21 years and older to possess up to one ounce Read the full article…

Illinois Marijuana Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs

Ralph Wilson, left, looks at a business card he was handed after he testified at a public hearing on proposed rules for Illinois’ new medical marijuana program Monday, May 5, 2014, in Chicago while would-be patient Steve Investors and patients grilled public officials Wednesday at a public meeting to ask state regulators about the process to apply to grow, dispense or use medical marijuana.

ILLINOIS: A public hearing on Illinois‘ new medical marijuana program morphed into an informal networking session Monday, with would-be growers, retailers and patients collecting business cards and sharing trade secrets. The hearing in Chicago drew about 200 people, with two dozen testifying about proposed rules for the state’s four-year pilot program. Pharmacists said they should Read the full article…

Yet Another State Wants To Legalize Marijuana

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

ILLINOIS: It’s time to “legalize it” in Illinois. That was the message from a cohort of elected officials at a Monday press conference in downtown Chicago that called for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois. “The main difference between the War on Drugs and Prohibition is that, after 40 years, this country still hasn’t acknowledged Read the full article…

Illinois State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization

Judge has ruled that pot is more like an over-the-counter drug, for tax purposes, than a prescription medication.

ILLINOIS:  Last year, Illinois approved medical use of marijuana after years of debating the issue. But could Illinois be closer to following the lead of some other states that have given the ok to recreational use? Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Strubinger reports. Twenty states including Illinois allow cannabis to be used with a doctor’s approval. About Read the full article…

Illinois Medical Marijuana Entrepreneurs Decry Fees

Under the proposed rules for the new law, Boyce and other would-be pot cultivators need a $2 million surety bond, $250,000 in liquid assets, $25,000 for an application fee, $200,000 for a permit fee and an approved site.

ILLINOIS: Vegetables, flowers and herbs grow in rows of green at Robert Boyce’s greenhouses in Lake Zurich — but what he’d really like to grow is marijuana. Boyce, a horticulturist and landscape design architect, has run Natural Environments Greenhouses and Nursery and a florist shop for many years. He’s done work for the Chicago Botanic Read the full article…

Special Report: The State of the Illinois Medical Marijuana Market

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Special Report — An MJ News Network Exclusive ILLINOIS:  January 1 marked the start of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, though it could be a year or more before Illinois begins to see its first medical marijuana sale. Provisional regulations have been laid out and applications for licenses to cultivate and dispense Read the full article…