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Hemp-CBD Across State Lines: Illinois

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Update

We are long overdue for an update on cannabis in the Land of Lincoln, so here’s a quick roundup. Paucity of patients: Illinois’ medical marijuana program was designed to be one of the most restrictive in the country, and now, two years into the program, it is clear that our legislators have made good on that promise.

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Illinois Cannabis: Whatever Happened to Free Speech?

Illinois Libertarian candidates Claire Ball and Scott Schluter have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a provision of Illinois’ medical cannabis law that prohibits any medical cannabis cultivation center, dispensary, or any Political Action Committee they create, to “make a campaign contribution to any political committee established to promote the candidacy of a candidate or public official.” Why does

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Illinois Medical Cannabis: Let the Sales Begin

Yesterday marked a major milestone for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, as dispensaries made their first sales of products to registered patients more than two years after Illinois legalized medical cannabis.  Let’s take a look at where things currently stand. Though Illinois law authorizes up to sixty dispensary licenses, only nine Illinois dispensaries have

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients Try Again

Back in May we reported the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board’s recommendation to include eleven additional chronic and debilitating conditions to the Department of Public Health’s approved list of qualifying conditions under Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The Board’s recommendation paved the way for the Department of Public Health Director to add

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Illinois Medical Cannabis: The News Is Bad

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the Department of Public Health gave some bad news yesterday for Illinois medical cannabis patients, announcing that the state will not be adding any of the eleven additional conditions approved by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. Governor Rauner also vetoed Senate Bill 33, which would have added PTSD by statute. The Compassionate Use

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Illinois Medical Cannabis: A Legislative Update

With summer winding down and seeds now in the ground, let’s recap some of the key legislative developments in Illinois. The original pilot program extension and decriminalization bills are all but toast. Earlier this spring, the Illinois General Assembly passed three key bills relating to medical cannabis—a decriminalization and DUI bill (HB218), a bill extending

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Illinois Cannabis: Marijuana Plants in the Ground

Qualifying patients in Illinois, currently numbering approximately 2,800, could be buying oil-based marijuana prescriptions under the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program as soon as October 2015. It will take a bit longer for the raw cannabis plant, for smoking, to be on shelves because the flowers must be dried and cured. (Oil-based products can skip

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Marijuana Delivery Services: It’s Complicated

So, you want to start a marijuana delivery service? Not so fast. What you want to do may or may not be legal in your state. State law varies significantly on the issue of cannabis delivery. Lawmakers have made cannabis delivery businesses illegal in some states, usually to avoid coming up against federal enforcement priorities

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Marijuana Decriminalization: Recent State Law Changes

There has been movement on the decriminalization front in various states in 2015, with a number of bills advancing through several state legislatures in recent weeks. Let’s take a look at some of the developments. In Illinois, a cannabis decriminalization bill is on Governor Rauner’s desk awaiting his signature. HB218 is significant for several reasons.