Medical Marijuana

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

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 ID Card Applications Top 2,000

Authorities began taking electronic applications Tuesday from patients whose last names start with letters A through L, with those people able to register through Oct. 31. Officials had expected just a few hundred applications in the opening days.

09/05/2014

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Medical Marijuana Opening Up New Career Paths In Illinois

As the medical marijuana business gears up, it’s opening up a whole new career path, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

08/13/2014

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)

State To Hold ‘Town Hall’ Meetings On Medical Marijuana

One meeting will be held Aug. 20 in Chicago at Northeastern Illinois University.

08/09/2014

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Highland Park Doctor Charged With Issuing Phony Medical Marijuana Certification

As Illinois moves closer to allowing medical marijuana use, the state is warning people to avoid anyone who promises they can get you certified now. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports on a North Shore doctor accused of doing just that.

07/28/2014

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)

Illinois Patients To Docs: ‘What About Marijuana?’

Illinois medical professionals are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program; and find themselves at the center of a quickly changing legal landscape with minimal scientific research to back the claims of those extolling marijuana’s therapeutic benefits.

07/23/2014

Medical marijuana. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Signs Expansion Of Medical Cannabis Act To Include People With Epilepsy

Governor Pat Quinn has expanded who is able to use marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/20/2014

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