Cresco Labs Named A 2019 Best Place To Work By Crain’s Chicago Business

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ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs Inc., one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, today announced that it was named one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Chicago. Crain’s Chicago Business partnered with Best Companies Group to identify companies that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. Since 2008, Crain’s has highlighted the local Read the full article…

Harvest Health & Recreation To Acquire Verano, Creating One Of The Largest U.S. Multi-State Cannabis Operators

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ILLINOIS: Harvest Health & Recreation, a vertically integrated cannabis company with one of the largest footprints in the U.S., is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Verano Holdings, an arm’s length third party, one of the largest privately held multi-state, vertically integrated licensed operators of cannabis facilities, in an all-stock transaction Read the full article…

Illinois Releases Proposed Industrial Hemp Regulations

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ILLINOIS: Proposed rules for the regulation of industrial hemp production and processing were published today in the Secretary of State’s Illinois Register. Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) staff have been busy drafting those proposed rules since Governor Rauner signed the Industrial Hemp Act into law in August. This new law allows individuals or corporations licensed Read the full article…

Cresco Labs Acquires Assets In Massachusetts With First Cannabis Harvest Planned For Spring 2019

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ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, announced a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the shares and membership interests of Hope Heal Health, Inc. and an affiliated real estate entity. The HHH assets include state registration and licensing that will allow for cultivation, manufacturing, processing, and Read the full article…

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties In Illinois

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By Ivan Moreno, AP ILLINOIS: Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses. The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes having 10 grams or less of marijuana will be Read the full article…

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

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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…

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…