Medical Marijuana http://wuis.org en Clout On The Business Side of Medical Marijuana http://wuis.org/post/clout-business-side-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>Illinois has set its regulations for medical marijuana in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp; While, those who may benefit medically are looking forward to the substance becoming available, those who are interested in making money growing it and selling it are getting there ducks in a row.&nbsp; Kurt Erickson, Springfield Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises newspapers has been covering the issue he joined a roundtable discussion with Bill Wheelhouse, Amanda Vinicky &amp; Brian Mackey.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:39:36 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 30166 at http://wuis.org Clout On The Business Side of Medical Marijuana Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-july-25-2014 <p></p><p>This week's topics include the Illinois Inspector General's investigation into possible political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation.&nbsp; Also, an overview of the state's rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:53:38 +0000 Bob Meyer 30032 at http://wuis.org Listen to State Week - July 25, 2014 Medical Marijuana In Illinois Could Be Available By Beginning Of 2015 http://wuis.org/post/medical-marijuana-illinois-could-be-available-beginning-2015 <p>Officials say dispensaries in Illinois could start providing medical marijuana early next year . Prospective patients say that's not soon enough.</p><p></p><p>At a public hearing in Springfield, those seeking marijuana for medical needs argued the rule making process needs to speed up.&nbsp;&nbsp; Illinois lawmakers voted last year to allow cannabis for certain health conditions.&nbsp; Since then, the state has been planning how the program will work.<br />Robert Morgan, an attorney with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the agency wants to get it right.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:22:59 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25625 at http://wuis.org Medical Marijuana In Illinois Could Be Available By Beginning Of 2015 Medical Marijuana For Juvenile Epilepsy Moves Forward http://wuis.org/post/medical-marijuana-juvenile-epilepsy-moves-forward <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program is still getting up and running, lawmakers are already looking to add a new category of patient: children with epilepsy.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At just two months old, Michaela Frederick's tiny body suffered up to 100 seizures a day. A lack of oxygen to her brain at birth is thought to have caused her severe epilepsy.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:42:35 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24608 at http://wuis.org Medical Marijuana For Juvenile Epilepsy Moves Forward Public Hearings on Ill. Medical Marijuana Rules http://wuis.org/post/public-hearings-ill-medical-marijuana-rules <p><br />Illinois health officials are planning two public hearings on proposed rules affecting patients who want to use medical marijuana. &nbsp;</p><p>The state's medical marijuana program is a four-year pilot project. The rules under consideration affect how adult patients with specific health conditions will be able to buy marijuana. &nbsp;</p><p>Hearings will be held in Chicago and Springfield. The Chicago hearing will be at the Thompson Center starting at 9:30 a.m. May 5. The Springfield hearing will be on the University of Illinois Springfield campus at 9 a.m. May 21. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:14:31 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 23951 at http://wuis.org Public Hearings on Ill. Medical Marijuana Rules Credit Cards Could Be Off Limits For Medical Marijuana http://wuis.org/post/credit-cards-could-be-limits-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>People who buy medical marijuana in Illinois might find out it's cash-only. &nbsp;</p><p>Lawmakers approved using cannabis for medical conditions last summer. But the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports selling and using marijuana remain federal offenses, so it's unlikely pot dispensaries will be able to open a bank account or get a line of credit. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:52:16 +0000 Associated Press 17726 at http://wuis.org Credit Cards Could Be Off Limits For Medical Marijuana Medical Marijuana In Ill. - Interview With Brian Mackey http://wuis.org/post/medical-marijuana-ill-interview-brian-mackey <div>Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a measure that makes Illinois the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. But how long until it actually goes into effect? And what sort of restrictions will there be for patients hopeful to gain a prescription to the drug? WUIS's&nbsp; statehouse reporter Brian Mackey recently discussed the news with us:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:35:28 +0000 Rachel Otwell 6791 at http://wuis.org Medical Marijuana In Ill. - Interview With Brian Mackey Governor Quinn Signs Medical Marijuana Legalization For Ill. http://wuis.org/post/governor-quinn-signs-medical-marijuana-legalization-ill <p></p><p>CHICAGO (AP)- Illinois has become the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law today at a new University of Chicago medical facility.</p><p>Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase. The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:06:54 +0000 Rachel Otwell 6614 at http://wuis.org Governor Quinn Signs Medical Marijuana Legalization For Ill. Governor To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill http://wuis.org/post/governor-sign-medical-marijuana-bill <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation making the state the 20th in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana.</p><p>His remarks Thursday will focus on providing relief to the seriously ill, including veterans.</p><p>The Chicago Democrat will also tout the legislation's strict standards, which experts say are among the nation's toughest. That's according to a copy of details obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:12:20 +0000 The Associated Press 6582 at http://wuis.org Governor To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill Illinois Senate Sends Medical Marijuana To Governor http://wuis.org/post/illinois-senate-sends-medical-marijuana-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate approved <a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=HB&amp;LegID=68357&amp;SessionID=85">legislation</a> Friday that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the end, the vote was not that close — 35 senators voted yes, 21 no.</span></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:55:15 +0000 Brian Mackey 2851 at http://wuis.org Illinois Senate Sends Medical Marijuana To Governor Medical Marijuana Advocates See Illinois Victory Ahead http://wuis.org/post/medical-marijuana-advocates-see-illinois-victory-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could Illinois be getting closer to legalizing the medical use of marijuana?&nbsp; Dan Riffle is with the Marijuana Policy Project, which has lobbied state lawmakers to approve the law.&nbsp; He was a guest on </span>WUIS’<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Illinois Edition with Sean Crawford.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:03:16 +0000 Sean Crawford 2703 at http://wuis.org Medical Marijuana Advocates See Illinois Victory Ahead