Special Report: The State of the Illinois Medical Marijuana Market

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 cannabis will not be issued before spring; more likely summer. Patients wishing to purchase medicine will have to wait until fall to apply for licenses that are likely to be issued in early 2015. [Read more…]

It could be next fall before first Illinois pot clinics open

ILLINOIS — Thursday at the University of Chicago Center for Care and Discovery, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state’s medical marijuana bill into law, with Illinois joining 19 other states and the District of Columbia that have legalized cannabis for patient use.

The law, which sets up a four-year trial program, doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1. After that, state regulators will spend months coming up with rules spelling out who gets to open the 22 marijuana growing operations across Illinois, which businesses get the 60 licenses to sell the finished product and how patients will get medical marijuana cards from doctors. [Read more…]

It could be next fall before first Illinois pot clinics open

ILLINOIS — Thursday at the University of Chicago Center for Care and Discovery, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state’s medical marijuana bill into law, with Illinois joining 19 other states and the District of Columbia that have legalized cannabis for patient use.

The law, which sets up a four-year trial program, doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1. After that, state regulators will spend months coming up with rules spelling out who gets to open the 22 marijuana growing operations across Illinois, which businesses get the 60 licenses to sell the finished product and how patients will get medical marijuana cards from doctors. [Read more…]