Medical Marijuana

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Chicago Already Has Medical Marijuana ‘Deserts’

Some African-American neighborhoods have a dearth of grocery stores. They also won’t have any marijuana dispensaries, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

02/26/2015

Nicole Gross and her family (Supplied photo)

With Medical Marijuana Program Kicking Into Gear, Reunion Coming For Naperville Family

Nicole Gross’ 8-year-old son Chase was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was six months old. When medication didn’t stop his seizures — as many as 4,000 a day — she and her sons moved to Colorado, where medical marijuana was legal and could help Chase, leaving her husband behind in Naperville.

02/10/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Strip Club Owner Gets License To Sell Medical Marijuana

A strip club owner was approved by the state Friday to sell medical marijuana from a West Loop storefront, the Sun-Times is reporting.

02/07/2015

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Issued Medical Marijuana Licenses Before FBI Background Checks

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued the licenses Monday after conducting an internal review that noted flaws in former Gov. Pat Quinn’s handling of the license process. But Rauner’s announcement didn’t mention the lack of national criminal background checks for the new industry he’d just launched.

02/06/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

What’s Next For Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensaries?

Illinois could be just a few months away from seeing the first medical marijuana dispensary open its doors, but there are still hurdles ahead for those on the state’s new license list.

02/03/2015

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Awards Medical Marijuana Licenses

Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued the first round of licenses, allowing companies to grow or distribute marijuana prescribed for medical reason..

02/02/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Slams Quinn For Leaving Behind “Fundamentally Dishonest” Budget

Gov. Bruce Rauner had nothing but scorn for his predecessor on Friday, when he took questions from reporters about the transition process during his first weeks in office.

01/30/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Quinn Did Not Act On Medical Marijuana Licensing

The Quinn administration had said it would issue the licenses by the end of 2014, but the Chicago Democrat did not act before Republican Bruce Rauner succeeded him, instead saying that agencies in charge of evaluating applications still had more work to do.

01/26/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Medical Marijuana Investor Concerned About Delay Of Illinois Program

Neil Prabhat and his associates have spent at least $500,000–just to be considered for a license. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

01/15/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Decision On Medical Marijuana Licenses Left To Gov. Rauner

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has decided he will not award licenses to medical marijuana cultivation centers before his term in office ends, his spokesman said Monday.

01/12/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Time Short For Quinn On Medical Marijuana Licenses

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration is running out of time to announce who will receive potentially lucrative licenses to run medical marijuana businesses in Illinois.

01/09/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Now Number 650

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said Wednesday almost 13,000 have registered online and started an application. She says about 1,800 people have submitted at least part of the application.

01/08/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Medical Marijuana Permits Delayed, With No Explanation

The lag will force cultivation center owners to break ground during the coldest winter months, and, ultimately, delay harvest of the first cannabis crop.

01/01/2015

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Chicago Firm Competing For Medical Marijuana Licenses

An African-American owned company in Chicago has applied to become one of the first firms to obtain a license to grow and sell medical marijuana.

12/18/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Lakeview Residents Try To Block Proposed Marijuana Dispensary

Petition-gatherers say they don’t oppose newly legalized medical marijuana, but they don’t think their block is an appropriate place to buy it. CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

12/11/2014

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Zoning Board Signs Off On Marijuana Farm, 6 Dispensaries In City

A strip club owner seeking to own Chicago’s first legal marijuana farm made sure the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals got a lesson in the pot business Friday.

11/23/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Aldermen Back Mandate For 24-Hour Security For Medical Marijuana Businesses

The City Council Zoning Committee easily approved a measure that would require all medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers to hire around-the-clock security guards.

11/14/2014

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HempMeds Rolls Out Pot For Pets

From separation anxiety to noise phobia, to arthritis to cancer, hemp based products are becoming more popular to treat all kinds of pet disorders.

09/30/2014

Bruce Rauner. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Bruce Rauner Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner today revealed he opposes the legal use of medical marijuana, prompting a blistering response from the Democratic lawmaker who wrote the law.

09/16/2014

Bundles of marijuana was discovered in a recyling container in Evanston. (Credit: Evanston Police)

Former State Lawmaker Calls For More Transparency In Applications For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

A former lawmaker says she wants to know who’s in the running for licenses to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Illinois.

09/10/2014

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