Rauner was reacting to a bill backed by Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the original medical marijuana legislation. Lang’s bill would extend the program four years from when the first dispensary begins officially operating.
Petitioners identifying themselves as veterans of Vietnam and Iraq asked that PTSD be included, making emotional pleas for help, according to 269 pages of petitions obtained by The Associated Press through the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
Colorado’s “green rush” has been nothing but a bust for Ryan Bailey. For the second time in about five years, Bailey is behind bars for allegedly opening a hefty package of marijuana that was shipped from Colorado to Chicago through the United Parcel Service.
There are now four lawsuits naming the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a defendant and 33 months left in the state’s pilot program, which has been troubled by questions about background checks and how the government selected businesses.
The health department says about 19,500 people have started the patient registration process. Of those, about 2,700 have submitted at least part of the application. The tally is still far short of the number of patients the program’s coordinator hoped would enroll in the first year.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why physicians seem to be leery, even if they have qualifying patients.
A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that a temporary restraining order delaying a medical marijuana cultivation center in northeastern Illinois can remain in place. Judge Kathleen Kennedy also ordered the plaintiff to post a bond of $200,000 to compensate for any harm caused if delays are later found to be improperly granted.
A Cook County judge is expected to hear arguments Tuesday on what documents should be part of the case. A Chicago company called PM Rx is suing the Department of Agriculture, claiming the agency broke its own rules when awarding marijuana cultivation permits.
Some African-American neighborhoods have a dearth of grocery stores. They also won’t have any marijuana dispensaries, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
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.
A strip club owner was approved by the state Friday to sell medical marijuana from a West Loop storefront, the Sun-Times is reporting.
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.
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.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued the first round of licenses, allowing companies to grow or distribute marijuana prescribed for medical reason..
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.
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.
Neil Prabhat and his associates have spent at least $500,000–just to be considered for a license. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.
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.
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.
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.