Illinois Towns See Jobs Ahead In Medical Marijuana

ILLINOIS:  The prospect of adding jobs — even as few as 30 — has led officials in many shrinking Illinois’ communities to set aside any qualms about the state’s legalization of medical marijuana and to get friendly with would-be growers. The aspiring growers and their agents have been racing from town to town, shaking hands Read the full article…

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 Read the full article…

Illinois Investors Jump Into Marijuana Business

ILLINOIS:  Investors around Illinois are jockeying for positions in the marijuana business as they wait for the state’s new medical marijuana law to kick in. And some of them are politically connected. According to the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises, Sam Borek has reserved at least three-dozen marijuana-related business names. Borek was a college roommate Read the full article…

Illinois Marijuana Hearing Draws Entrepreneurs

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…

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 Read the full article…