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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring public schools to allow parents to administer medical marijuana at school to eligible children.

An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state's opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.

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A proposal to allow the temporary use of cannabis over opioids for pain management was approved by the Illinois Senate Thursday.   It would allow a patient who doesn’t have immediate access to a medical marijuana card to be temporarily certified by a doctor to use cannabis.

Chris McCloud is with HCI alternatives, a medical cannabis dispensary. He says this legislative approach is a unique plan addressing the problem of opioid addiction.

 

The Illinois attorney general's office has told a federal court it will allow a suburban Chicago school district to administer medical marijuana to an 11-year-old leukemia patient to treat her for seizure disorders. 

Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.

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Medical marijuana has now been available in Illinois for about 18 months. But many around the state, particularly in Southern Illinois, say they can't find a doctor in their area to help them. A few groups have found a way to change that -- they're now bringing doctors directly to the patients with qualifying conditions. 

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There’s one piece of legislation that seems to be getting broad bipartisan support in Springfield.

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The public is getting a look inside a medical marijuana dispensary opening next week in East Peoria.

“By normalizing this and opening it up to the community, it allows for physicians to be more comfortable with learning about it,” Ben Rediger, a spokesman for the dispensary NuMed, said.

State regulations specify that medical cannabis dispensaries be open only to registered patients, caregivers and state-credentialed employees. After the facility is licensed by state regulators, the dispensary area is closed to everyone else. 

Illinois is about one year into its experiment with legalized medical marijuana.  One change since the program began is that doctors no longer have to recommend their patient try cannabis.

A cannabis dispensary is using a new tactic nearly a year into Illinois' slow-rollout of a medical marijuana program.  The advertising campaign is designed to encourage doctors and patients to view cannabis as an alternative to opioids.  

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CHICAGO (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Illinois medical marijuana program's director has resigned.

Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly tells The Associated Press the administration has accepted the resignation of Joseph Wright, who was in the position for just over one year. She says the governor's office "will have no further comment."

 Wright will be replaced by Jack Campbell, the program's bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Marijuana-friendly doctors in states with similar medical cannabis laws face starkly different treatment by government regulators. When it comes to oversight of doctors, enforcement practices vary in the 23 states allowing medical cannabis. How governments oversee pot doctors has become an issue, even in more tolerant states such as California and Colorado.

Illinois' new medical marijuana shops sold nearly $211,000 worth of cannabis in the first week, with less than a quarter of eligible patients buying so far.   The state's first regulated marijuana dispensaries opened Monday. 

Northern Illinois University Police concluded their investigation into the death of Oluwarotimi "Timi" Okedina, who died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after falling from a window in the Stevenson Towers residence hall complex.

CHICAGO (AP) - Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade. That's according to government surveys showing that almost 10 percent of adults use the drug, or more than 22 million people.

Most of that is recreational use. 

The researchers say the trend reflects a cultural shift and increasingly permissive views about the drug. Recreational use is now legal in four states.

Almost 1 in 3 users had signs of marijuana dependence or abuse. That's a slight decline from a decade ago.

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Illinois may miss a deadline to rule on proposals for more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The main sponsor of the program in the General Assembly says he’s not worried.

Monday went by without Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah ruling on whether to add 11 illnesses to the 40 to be covered when the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries open. That will likely be sometime in the fall. 

The list of recommendations from Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, osteoarthritis, and migraines. 

A Peoria lawyer seeking state approval to grow and sell medical marijuana answered questions at a town hall meeting yesterday. Fadi Rustom is applying for both dispensary and cultivation permits in the city of Peoria with for his business, ‘Illinois Therapeutic Health Center’. He says the meeting was a chance to smooth out concerns about the monitoring and security of the medical cannabis: