Illinois Senate & House Agriculture Committee Unanimously Approve Industrial Hemp Bill

The Illinois Senate has unanimously approved a bill to allow the state Agricultural Department to license farmers to grow hemp, according to a WAND report. Currently, only universities can get licensed to grow hemp for research purposes in Illinois. The measure was subsequently approved by the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee and just needs to […]

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Illinois’ Cresco Labs Wins Industry’s First Healthcare Marketing Report Advertising Award

Illinois-based Cresco Labs has won a Healthcare Marketing Report National Healthcare Advertising Award – the first cannabis company to receive the honor. The company won the Silver Award for their education-based “State of Relief” campaign. Cresco said the goal of the poster campaign was “to try and normalize the cannabis industry for those seeking relief […]

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Illinois Legislature Considering Bills to Allow MMJ Use for Opioid Dependence and Schoolchildren

The Illinois legislature is considering bills to make two changes to the state’s medical cannabis system – one would allow parents to give their children medical cannabis on school grounds, and another to allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids and allow people addicted to opioids to apply for a medical […]

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Bill to Expunge Low-Level Cannabis Convictions in Illinois Approved by House Committee

An Illinois House committee has advanced a measure that would allow individuals with a low-level cannabis or paraphernalia possession conviction to have the charge expunged, according to a WQAD report. The measure, sponsored by state Rep. La Shawn Ford, would add to 2016 reforms that decriminalized cannabis possession of less than 10 grams; allowing those […]

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Illinois’ Bank of Springfield Closing All MMJ Industry Accounts

Illinois’ Bank of Springfield is closing the accounts of the state’s medical cannabis companies by May 21 leaving most of the state’s operators to handle their business transactions in cash, the Chicago Tribune reports. The action is directly tied to the January revocation of the Cole Memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Bank of Springfield […]

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Voters in Cook County, Illinois Approve Non-binding Cannabis Legalization Referendum

Voters in Cook County, Illinois – which includes Chicago – have approved a non-binding referendum calling on the state to legalize cannabis for recreational use, according to a Chicago Reader report. Voters in the Windy City approved the measure 73 percent to 27 percent and overall Cook County voters approved the referendum 68 percent, KWQC reports. […]

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Report: Illinois ‘Cannabis Candidate’ Subject of Title IX Complaint & Allegedly Misrepresented Military Record

The self-described “Cannabis Candidate” running for an Illinois congressional seat has been accused of domestic abuse, conflating his service background, and was the subject of a Title IX complaint at Roosevelt University where he served as an adjunct professor, and has been barred from the campus of DePaul University over complaints of abuse and threats, […]

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Poll: Two-Thirds of Illinois Voters Support Cannabis Legalization

According to a Southern Illinois University Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll, a full two-thirds – 66 percent – of Illinois voters support “the legalization of recreational marijuana if it is taxed and regulated like alcohol” with 32 percent opposed. Forty-six percent of respondents strongly favored the reforms while 20 percent were in favor; compared […]

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Illinois U.S. Congressional Candidate Smokes Joint in Campaign Photo

A former Federal Bureau of Investigation officer and current human rights professor at Roosevelt University, Benjamin Thomas Wolf, is running for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois – and he’s smoking a joint in a campaign photo. He’s calling himself the “Cannabis Candidate” and is advocating for “the immediate legalization of marijuana and hemp for […]

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Illinois Health Department Appeals Court Decision to Add Intractable Pain to MMJ List

The Illinois Department of Public Health has officially appealed the court decision to add intractable pain to the state’s qualifying conditions list for medical cannabis, according to an Associated Press report. The appeal was expected as the judge allowed a stay on the program change in order to allow the state appeal to be heard. […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Judge Orders Illinois Officials to Add Intractable Pain to MMJ Program; Stalled While State Appeals

Cook County, Illinois Judge Raymond Mitchell has ordered the state Department of Health to add intractable pain to the state’s medical cannabis qualifying condition list, the Chicago Tribune reports. Despite the ruling, pain patients will continue waiting to access the program as the judge has allowed the change to be stalled while the state appeals. […]

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Federal Judge Rules Illinois Student Can Use & Store MMJ on School Grounds

Federal U.S. District Court Judge John Blakely on Friday ruled that an 11-year-old medical cannabis patient in Illinois can be administered cannabis oil in school, according to an NPR report. The Illinois attorney general’s office told the court they would not challenge the ruling and would work with state officials to address the issue in […]

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Parents of 11yo Illinois MMJ Patient Sue to Allow Use of Meds at School

The parents of a Schaumburg, Illinois elementary school’s student are suing the district and the state after officials denied their 11-year-old daughter the right to use medical cannabis on school grounds, the Chicago Tribune reports. The plaintiffs argue that the denial is unconstitutional and violates due-process, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans […]

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Illinois Municipality to Roll Out Oral Swab Roadside Test Pilot Program

Carol Stream, Illinois’ police department is moving forward with plans to use the controversial mouth swab roadside test to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs, Illinois Radio Network reports. The tests are part of a pilot program and cannot be used as evidence in court. The P.I.A.2 kits test for cannabis, […]

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Illinois State Senator to Introduce Bill Allowing Opioid Patients Access to MMJ Program

Illinois State Senator Don Harmon is set to introduce a bill to allow people prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead in an effort to help curb the state’s opioid epidemic. In a press release, Harmon, a Democrat, pointed to research that shows “medical cannabis is a […]

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Another Study Finds MMJ Patients Replacing Prescription Meds with Cannabis

Yet another study suggests that cannabis could be useful as an exit drug from traditional medications, including opioids, although the research by DePaul University and Rush University researchers was based on a small sample size of 30 patients registered in Illinois’ medical cannabis program. However, the patients, who had a mean age of 44.6-years-old and […]

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Tikun Olam and MariMed Partnership to Expand into 4 States

Tikun Olam and MariMed Inc. have agreed to expand their partnership which will see Tikun-branded products rolled out in Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois next year. The partnership brought the company’s products to Delaware in 2015. The companies expect to offer at least six Tikun-branded strains, including high-CBD strain Avidekel, along with tinctures, edibles, […]

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Illinois Gov. Allegedly Traded MMJ Program Expansion for Dissolving Cannabis Advisory Board

Last spring Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board was disbanded and it appears the move was part of a deal between board members and Gov. Bruce Rauner to extend the program three years and add post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness to the qualifying condition list, Chicago magazine reports. Michael Fine, a former member of the […]

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Cards Against Humanity Donates $70K to Illinois Legalization Efforts

Through sales of its “Weed Pack” deck expansion, Cards Against Humanity donated $70,000 to the Marijuana Policy Project to help legalize cannabis for adult use in Illinois, Inc. reports. The “Weed Pack” sold for $5 each. “For us, this is a common-sense issue of racial justice, health justice and criminal justice,” said Max Temkin, co-creator […]

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Illinois Health Department Reject Petitions Adding Intractable Pain, Autism, to MMJ List

The Illinois Department of Public Health has rejected petitions to add intractable pain and autism spectrum disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical use, the Associated Press reports. In both cases, Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah said that neither petition contained information demonstrating that individuals with either diagnosis could benefit from […]

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Adult-Use Bills Introduced in Illinois

Democratic lawmakers in Illinois have introduced legislation to legalize adult cannabis use, which would set up a taxed and regulated system. The measure (SB.316) is sponsored in the Senate by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Heather Steans and in the House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy. In a press release, Cassidy indicated that wholesale sales would be taxed […]

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Illinois MMJ Program Shows Promise in Year 1

In the first year of medicinal cannabis sales in Illinois, there have been no serious problems or complications with the program, and not a single patient registered with the program has had their driver license revoked for diverting the drug, the Chicago Tribune reports. And while calls to the Illinois Poison Control Center for cannabis […]

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Illinois MMJ Sales Reach Nearly $4M in Sept.

Medical marijuana sales in Illinois topped more than $3.8 million in September, bringing the total of cannabis sales to $23.5 million since the program was launched in November last year, according to a report from the Associated Press. Under the program, 11,100 patients are registered to buy medical cannabis in the state; 85 of which […]

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