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…

Marijuana Expo Draws ‘Gold Rush’ To Illinois, Without The Gold

More than 2,000 people attended the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, hoping to cash in on a business that is forecast by one industry-backed market research group to grow to $11 billion in annual sales nationwide by 2019.

ILLINOIS:  Oils and extracts, vaporizers, grow lights and joint rollers filled a marijuana convention in Chicago on Wednesday — without a puff of pot in the air or a single leaf of the drug yet sold legally in Illinois. More than 2,000 people attended the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo, hoping to cash in on Read the full article…

Lawsuit: Denver Man Monopolizing Illinois Marijuana Biz

A new lawsuit has been filed involving medical marijuana, claiming a Denver businessman schemed to monopolize the new industry in Illinois.

ILLINOIS:  A new lawsuit has been filed involving medical marijuana, this one claiming a Denver businessman and unsuccessful city council candidate schemed to monopolize the new industry in Illinois. Medponics Illinois filed the lawsuit Monday in Lake County. It claims Kayvan Khalatbari and his Denver companies have controlling interests in more than three Illinois cultivation centers. If true, that Read the full article…

Illinois Medical Marijuana Approved For PTSD, Osteoarthritis

Illinois residents could use medical marijuana to treat chronic migraines and PTSD under recommendations that an advisory board agreed to on Monday.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois residents could use medical marijuana to treat chronic migraines and post-traumatic stress disorder, but not anxiety or diabetes under recommendations that an advisory board agreed to on Monday.The board, which is made up of doctors, nurses, patients and a pharmacist, held a public meeting in Chicago to consider whether to expand Illinois’ nascent Read the full article…

House Approves Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana In Illinois

A bill that cleared the Illinois House on Thursday would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with traffic tickets.

ILLINOIS:  A bill that cleared the Illinois House on Thursday by a bipartisan 62-53 vote would put possession of small amounts of marijuana on par with traffic tickets. The proposal by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, would make a possession of 15 grams (about half an ounce) or less a civil law offense punishable by a Read the full article…

Cook County State’s Attorney To Announce Loosening Of Marijuana Penalties

Cook County State's Attorney will hold a news conference Monday to announce reforms to all future misdemeanor marijuana cases.

ILLINOIS:  Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez will hold a news conference Monday to announce reforms to low-level drug offenses, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases, a spokeswoman said Sunday. “If someone is caught with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, the state’s attorney’s office will no longer prosecute that case,” Alvarez spokeswoman Sally Daly said. Read the full article…

Illinois Approves 2 Downstate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Illinois officials issued licenses Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and Collinsville.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois officials issued licenses Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and Collinsville but denied an application in Chicago’s Hyde Park. HealthCentral’s Springfield site will be at 620 E. Adams St., walking distance from the Old State Capitol, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the high-rise Hilton Springfield. Its Collinsville site is Read the full article…