Illinois

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Illinois: ‘Suffering’ medical pot patients have seen supply dwindle for months: ‘There’s literally nothing'

A pot shortage that has marred the rollout of recreational weed sales in Illinois is also affecting the state’s medical marijuana program — despite promises from state lawmakers and protections built into the law — leading some to question why more wasn’t done to ensure patients could continue to get the marijuana they need to treat their conditions.

Less than two months after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the historic bill legalizing recreational pot use in June, he approved another piece of legislation that made the medical program permanent and allowed patients with a host of new conditions to qualify for licenses.

Fri
17
Jan

Officials Say That Chicago Cannabis Taxes May Exceed 41% By Summer

For those looking to buy some legal weed in Chicago, be prepared for some sticker shock.

That’s because pot products there are larded with taxes. On Wednesday, the Cook County Board approved another one: a three percent tax on marijuana retailers, which will be tacked on to a bevy of other taxes already levied on the state’s nascent legal cannabis industry. 

Fri
17
Jan

Illinois Regulators Investigating Violations of Cannabis Stockpiling Rule

In a matter of a couple weeks, Illinois’ recreational cannabis consumers have all but depleted the state’s stock of cannabis products. The widespread disequilibrium between supply and demand has made it tough for dispensaries to serve customers. And some shops, Illinois regulators say, have started breaking the rules in order to put products on their shelves.

Since issuing a formal warning to Illinois dispensaries last week, regulators have begun investigating violations of rules against stockpiling cannabis and selling medical cannabis reserves to non-patients. The scope and extent of these violations is still unknown, but officials say persistent offenders could face fines and potentially, antitrust investigations.

Thu
16
Jan

Illinois Demand For Cannabis Is So High, Recreational Shops Close Due To Shortages

Illinois cannabis shops have had approximately a week to sell recreational marijuana since the state began allowing it Jan. 1, and demand has proven so extreme that -- despite enjoying about $11 million in early sales -- some retailers have cut off adult-use customers temporarily in order to conserve inventory.

“The demand in Illinois is every bit as large as anyone could have suspected,” said Zachary Zises, owner of Dispensary 33 in north Chicago.

Wed
15
Jan

Workers Will Vote Today On Joining Illinois’ First Cannabis Union

Organized labor in the Illinois cannabis world could enter into a new era today. In Joliet, 100 employees at Cresco Labs will vote on whether they will join the United Food and Commercial Workers. Should the yeses outnumber the nos, they will be the first workplace in the state to organize. 

Mon
13
Jan

Using marijuana is legal — but it can still get you fired in Illinois

Now that recreational pot is legal in Illinois, marijuana enthusiasts may feel like it’s finally time to emerge from hiding.

But people with jobs — or looking for them — might want to stay in the shadows for now as companies figure out how to handle employees who partake.

In Illinois, employers are allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office, show up impaired or fail random drug tests, according to the state’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana use, which was amended in December to clarify employers’ rights. Companies also are able to reject job applicants who don’t pass drug screens.

Fri
10
Jan

Mixed legality of marijuana on state, federal levels leaves gun owners in limbo

The new state law allowing dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois may have some side-effects for gun owners.

There’s still confusion swirling around what happens when weed and weapons come together. At Maxon Shooter’s Supplies in Des Plaines, owner Dan Eldridge says customers are confused about the contradictions between state and federal law.

“We’re principally getting two questions: number one, will the Illinois State Police revoke my FOID card, will they revoke my concealed carry? The most common question we get after that: am I still legal to purchase a firearm?” Eldridge said.

Thu
09
Jan

Weed shops don't have enough employees, either

Perhaps the only thing in shorter supply than weed at marijuana shops when they began selling to the public Jan. 1 were state-badged employees to work behind the counter.

Some marijuana shops have closed or reduced hours for recreational sales because of shortages of marijuana. Cresco Labs and PharmaCann closed dispensaries Monday to give employees time off after five days of long shifts, not because they were out of weed. 

“On Saturday, the leadership of our company was working registers because we didn’t have enough employees,” said Cresco spokesman Jason Erkes.
 
Ben Kovler, CEO of Green Thumb Industries, could be seen working the counter and behind the scenes at the company’s Rise dispensary in Mundelein on New Year’s Day.

Thu
09
Jan

Illinois Dispensary Stops Selling Recreational Weed To Help Medical Marijuana Patients

Just one week into legal recreational cannabis sales in Illinois, some dispensaries have halted sales of adult-use pot while others have been forced to temporarily close. Sales of recreational pot began briskly on January 1 after a legalization bill was passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June.

Wed
08
Jan

How Safe are Legal Marijuana Vaping Products in Illinois?

Dispensaries in Chicago are back online Tuesday, selling legal marijuana products like flowers and edibles to adult recreational customers amid supply shortages.

One popular way of consuming pot legally is via e-cigarettes or vape pens, but public health agencies warn against the use of these products when they’re bought on the black market as they’ve been tied to an outbreak of deadly lung illnesses.

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