Medical Marijuana

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Patients Wait, Hope For Expanded Medical Marijuana Approval

For Jessica Harshbarger, something as simple as getting ice cream with her sons was almost impossible two years ago.

08/18/2015

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 Lays Off Pot Cops Because Of Budget Problems

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Illinois State Police stopped paying a special team of officer at the end of June while Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature continue their disagreement over a budget that was supposed to take effect July 1.

08/09/2015

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Cannabis Supporters Holding Conference At Navy Pier This Weekend

The second annual My Compassion Cannabis Conference is aimed at bringing together industry leaders and patients, including some who came to share their success with medical cannabis.

07/25/2015

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)

Marijuana Cash Is Problem For Illinois Tax Collection

The state of Illinois is having trouble finding a bank or financial company to process the large amounts of cash it anticipates receiving for taxes and fees from its new medical marijuana industry.

06/19/2015

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 Supporters Host Patient Education Event

Patient numbers have been low so far in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who’ve been on the fence.

06/03/2015

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 Turns Over Marijuana Applications To Attorneys

While the records remain closed to journalists and the general public, the disclosure represents a win for attorneys representing a disappointed applicant and may eventually shed light on a secretive process. The case is one of several similar lawsuits being closely watched by the new marijuana industry.

05/11/2015

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Advisory Panel Endorses Use Of Medical Pot To Treat PTSD, Not Diabetes

An advisory board is recommending a few more illnesses that should be allowed to be treated with medical marijuana, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/04/2015

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)

Board To Hear Case For Marijuana For PTSD, Other Conditions

Monday’s hearing is a step toward expanding the Illinois medical marijuana program to include PTSD and other conditions. An advisory board made up of patients, nurses, doctors and a pharmacist will hear testimony. The board will make recommendations to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

05/04/2015

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)

Rauner Resists Extending Medical Marijuana Program For Now

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.

04/13/2015

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Illinois Mulls Expanded Disease List For Medical Marijuana Program

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.

04/06/2015

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Man Busted Again For Colorado-To-Chicago UPS Marijuana Shipment

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.

04/06/2015

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New Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Question Illinois Permits

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.

04/02/2015

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 Has Approved 2,000 Medical Marijuana Patients

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.

04/01/2015

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)

Some Illinois Doctors Reluctant To Prescribe Medical Marijuana

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on why physicians seem to be leery, even if they have qualifying patients.

03/23/2015

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)

Cook County Judge Says Medical Marijuana Delay Can Continue

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.

03/20/2015

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 Lawsuit Focuses On Secret Permitting Process

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.

03/10/2015

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)

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

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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

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