Medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois are preparing for a healthy boost in business with the launch of a pilot program this month that will offer patients access to MMJ as an alternative to opioids.
Bruce Rauner, a Republican, signed the pilot program into law in August while he was still governor.
The opioid-replacement initiative is expected to spur massive sales increases in an MMJ program that has been steadily growing. Sales topped $130 million in 2018.
However, restrictions remain, and some advocates are calling on new Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a pro-marijuana Democrat, to focus on expanding the MMJ program while he works to legalize adult-use cannabis.
– Associated Press and Marijuana Business Daily