Medical Marijuana Float To Debut In Thanksgiving Day Parade

ILLINOIS:  Chicago’s first medical marijuana clinic will be tossing goodies out to the kids from its float in the Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday, but don’t worry — they’re not giving out the goods.

Good Intentions, at 1723 N. Ashland Ave. in Wicker Park, will be in the State Street parade sponsored by McDonald’s Thursday morning among floats from places like McDonald’s and the Brookfield Zoo.

The float will feature “a garden of flowers in bloom,” including onion grass and flowers beneath a 12-foot-long banner that reads “Growing With Illinois.”

Marijuana lovers need not clamor around the float, however: “There are no marijuana plants on the float,” a representative of ABC Parade Floats said.

 

State’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Proceeds In Secret

ILLINOIS:  Since they won the Super Bowl, members of the 1985 Chicago Bears have made second careers out of promoting apple-pie products like McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and G.I. Joe. Now, they can add a more countercultural item to the menu: medical marijuana.

Emery Moorehead, former tight end for that once-dominant franchise, is part of a business team hoping to sell cannabis under the new state law that legalizes it. Moorehead plans to direct community relations for a group of investors seeking to open a marijuana dispensary in his native Evanston — one of 369 businesses that have applied to run medical pot retail stores or growing warehouses in Illinois.

But while people like Moorehead are seeking publicity for their proposals, the state is deciding entirely in secret who will get potentially lucrative operating licenses. Even the names of applicants — and the names of those who will judge and rank the applications — are being withheld.

By law, medical marijuana business applications are confidential and exempt from the state Freedom of Information Act. Now, one of the most vocal critics of the secrecy of the licensing process is about to take oversight of it: Bruce Rauner.

 

Got a Pot-Centric Business Idea? Marijuana Investment Summit Seeks Pitches

ILLINOIS:  Prospective marijuana entrepreneurs will get a chance to bend the ears of more than 175 investors seeking business opportunities at a pot-centric business conference with a “Shark Tank-like pitch forum” Thursday.

Sponsored by the ArcView Investor Network, an alliance of “angel investors” that cultivates partnerships exclusively with marijuana-focused business ideas, the day-long conference at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago will provide a platform for about a dozen local entrepreneurs Thursday.

Participants in the Sept. 18 event were chosen from hundreds in earlier rounds of competition that culminate in the face-to-face pitch series this week.

ArcView’s 300-plus members pay an annual fee of between $2,500 and $15,000 to join the group, according to a release. In addition to connecting legal business endeavors with potential investors, the group also funds lobbying efforts to advance legalization.

 

Libertyville Set To Approve Medical Marijuana Rules

ILLINOIS:  As Libertyville officials prepare to put into place zoning regulations for medical marijuana growing as distribution facilities, Director of Community Development John Spoden said his office has already gotten some calls from people expressing interest in opening such a shop in town.

But without a set of zoning restrictions in place, Spoden said the inquiries haven’t gained any traction.

That could change soon, as trustees recently approved a preliminary set of regulations on where any cultivation operations or dispensaries might be able to open in town.

Illinois’ four-year pilot program, which went into effect Jan. 1, will allow doctors to prescribe up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to patients with one of 33 approved debilitating medical conditions.

 

Illinois Agencies Propose Rules for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

ILLINOIS:  Three state agencies have released proposed regulations for Illinois‘ pilot medical marijuana program.

The departments of Revenue, Agriculture and Financial and Professional Regulation posted draft rules online Friday to address how dispensaries and cultivation centers will be regulated and taxed.

Public comments will be taken until Feb. 27.

The proposed rules include provisions for how cultivation centers must package and label the marijuana.

They also say that 21 of the 60 dispensaries required under the law would be outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.

City Introduces Framework For Medical Marijuana In Chicago

ILLINOIS: The Chicago City Council laid the zoning framework for medical marijuana dispensaries during its Tuesday meeting. If you thought they would make it easy to obtain some legal kush remember this is Chicago and you’ll be reminded that, while Illinois became the 20th state to legalize cannabis, not everyone approves.

The measure introduced at Tuesday’s meeting calls for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers to be allowed in planned manufacturing districts. The dispensaries and growing centers would also be required to secure special-use permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals and establish minimum spaces based on facility size. Chicago would also decriminalize medical marijuana under the ordinance; it already writes tickets to people caught with small amounts of pot.

The requirement to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for special-use permits would allow area residents to object to having a dispensary in their vicinity. The recommendations proposed by the City Council Department of Planning and Development is in addition to the state law.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation allowing for medical marijuana in August. Billed as one of the toughest decriminalization laws in the nation, it calls for a four-year pilot program of 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries where patients could buy marijuana after getting a prescription from a doctor with whom they have an existing relationship. The legislation sets a 2.5 ounce limit per patient per purchase.

City Introduces Framework For Medical Marijuana In Chicago

ILLINOIS: The Chicago City Council laid the zoning framework for medical marijuana dispensaries during its Tuesday meeting. If you thought they would make it easy to obtain some legal kush remember this is Chicago and you’ll be reminded that, while Illinois became the 20th state to legalize cannabis, not everyone approves.

The measure introduced at Tuesday’s meeting calls for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers to be allowed in planned manufacturing districts. The dispensaries and growing centers would also be required to secure special-use permits from the Zoning Board of Appeals and establish minimum spaces based on facility size. Chicago would also decriminalize medical marijuana under the ordinance; it already writes tickets to people caught with small amounts of pot.

The requirement to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for special-use permits would allow area residents to object to having a dispensary in their vicinity. The recommendations proposed by the City Council Department of Planning and Development is in addition to the state law.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation allowing for medical marijuana in August. Billed as one of the toughest decriminalization laws in the nation, it calls for a four-year pilot program of 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries where patients could buy marijuana after getting a prescription from a doctor with whom they have an existing relationship. The legislation sets a 2.5 ounce limit per patient per purchase.

Durbin, Kirk Differ About Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk staked out opposing positions on marijuana today during a coffee with constituents on Capitol Hill.

Durbin, a Democrat, said he supported the use of medical marijuana for people with conditions such as glaucoma. Kirk, a Republican, said he preferred that marijuana “be restricted as much as possible.”

Illinois lawmakers this year approved a pilot program to allow patients with serious illnesses to use medical marijuana. [Read more…]