Illinois Medical Pot Law Is Everything But Compassionate

When Quinn on Aug. 1, 2013, signed what officially is known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, an oxymoron given what would transpire over the next 17 months, he made Illinois the 23rd state with a medical marijuana law on its books. It capped years of effort by sufferers of numerous chronic diseases... more →
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Rauner Says Medical Marijuana Program To Be Enforced

Gov. Bruce Rauner has tapped an SIU graduate and Johnson County native to head his communications department. and it is Lance Trover, a Vienna native. Trover served as senior communications adviser for Rauner’s successful gubernatorial campaign, has been named the governor’s communications director. With Trover, Rauner... more →
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It’s Up To Rauner Now, Says Quinn Regarding Medical Pot Licenses

Multiple sclerosis patient Julie Falco, of Chicago, said she’s disappointed by the delay. “Here we sit again at the whims of the politicians and what they decide they’re going to do,” Falco said. Medical marijuana advocates will push the Rauner administration to act, she said. Quinn’s administration... more →
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PayPal Co-Founder Is First-Ever Million-Dollar Investor For Medical Cannabis

The Founders Fund, Peter Thiel’s venture capital firm, confirmed it is taking a minority stake in Privateer Holdings – a company that invests in a Canadian medical marijuana growing operation – and Leafly, a Yelp-type review website for marijuana dispensaries. Privateer was looking for a $75 million funding round, but Thiel’s... more →
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Quinn Pressured To Finalize Medical Marijuana Law Now

Quinn signed the law legalizing medical pot in August of 2013 but state regulators blew past a December 31st deadline to grant licenses for growers and dispensaries.  “Something stinks, and it’s not the marijuana,” new governor, Bruce Rauner said during the campaign, declaring he would have vetoed the bill if it would have... more →
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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Massachusetts Hoping To Open Soon

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts, the Alternative Therapies Group, is hoping that their license will be approved by the state sometime in the spring of 2015. It was just last December 31 of last year that the Department of Public Health has handed down the license to ATG. If approved, it will be located in... more →
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Nevada Medical Pot Dispensaries In The Middle Of Dispute

There could be fewer medical marijuana dispensaries opening next year, because of a growing dispute between Clark County and the state. The county was allowed to select 18 applicants that would then be approved for a business license by the state. But the state made eight changes to the county’s list, and on Monday, commissioners... more →
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Schools Now Offering Marijuana-Selling Courses

Keith Saunders, a sociology professor who oversees the curriculum at NIC, said help-wanted ads for medical marijuana workers already are appearing on the jobs website He figures each of the state’s 15 provisionally approved dispensaries will immediately need 35 to 40 workers, and then continue to hire. “When dispensaries... more →
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