Illinois Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chicago’s Zoning Rules Could Prohibit Dispensaries

Chicago’s strict zoning rules for medical marijuana dispensaries could prohibit the shops from operating within the city limits altogether. That’s the argument of Ed Burke, dean of the Chicago City Council, who told state officials earlier this month that the city’s zoning rules effectively ban the businesses. Under the rules, dispensaries cannot open in residential […]

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Illinois MMJ Rules Would Require $500K On Hand

Medical marijuana entrepreneurs in Illinois better start saving their dollars. Regulators there have proposed a set of rules for dispensaries and grow operations that would require business owners to have around half a million dollars on hand. Under the rules, dispensary owners would pay a $5,000 nonrefundable application fee, a $30,000 permit fee and a […]

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Proposed Rules Could Limit Size of IL Market

Illinois released draft regulations today outlining how patients will be able to register for medical marijuana cards. The proposed rules would create some barriers that might ultimately restrict the size of the market for dispensaries. Under the proposal, patients would have to fork over $150 a year for MMJ cards, undergo a background check and […]

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Pharmacists Increasingly Want Piece of MMJ Pie

Pharmacists could take a more prominent role in the medical cannabis industry down the road as new MMJ states consider the best way to dispense the drug to patients. On Tuesday, several leading pharmacists in Illinois expressed interest in trying to tap the state’s new medical marijuana industry after a colleague pitched the idea to […]

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1st Illinois MMJ Clinic Under Fire

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has filed a formal complaint against Good Intentions LLC, the state’s first medical marijuana clinic. Dr. Brian Murray opened Good Intentions in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago in July, shortly after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois. Regulators say Murray cannot […]

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Illinois Debuts MMJ Website With Business Info

Illinois has launched an official website for its medical marijuana program, offering an overview of the law and information for entrepreneurs interested in starting cannabis businesses. A section titled Financial and Professional Regulation outlines the rule-making process and offers a timeline of the next steps. Other than that, the site is sparse at this point, […]

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Illinois Town Considers Drive-Through Dispensaries

Naperville, a western suburb of Chicago, could approve drive-through windows at marijuana dispensaries when the town council votes on cannabis legislation Dec. 17. In support of the idea, council members likened the dispensaries to pharmacies, some of which have drive-through windows. Drive-through dispensaries are a rarity in the medical marijuana world. One of the only […]

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Chicago Unveils MMJ Zoning Plan

Legislators in Chicago have rolled out a plan that confines medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation sites to the city’s manufacturing district. The businesses would also be required to secure special-use permits and a minimum number of parking permits under the plan. Under the proposal, businesses would need to apply for a permit with the Zoning […]

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Guest Column: 5 Misconceptions Entrepreneurs Have About Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Law

By Michael McGrory Cannabis industry veterans and rookies alike are forming business entities, securing financing, scouting locations and doing a host of other necessary legwork in anticipation of the day when legalized sales of medical marijuana will commence in Illinois. In providing legal advice to many of these individuals, we have noticed several misconceptions about […]

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Bill Expanding Illinois MMJ Market Advances

The Illinois House Judiciary Committee voted 10-6 on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would enable military veterans to obtain medical marijuana. The measure would bring thousands of additional potential patients to the market, resulting in millions of dollars in additional medical cannabis sales. The bill now moves to the state’s House, which will […]

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