Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Panic

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By Joan Eberhardt

 

Illinois Cannabis Growers Starting To Look Kinda Nervous

Things have not exactly gone smoothly in Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program. Slated to expire in 2017, only 4,000 patients have successfully registered with the state. Only a handful of medical conditions qualify for the pilot and without a massive growth in patient numbers, business owners are concerned they won’t be able to stay afloat in Illinois.

Since the first dispensaries opened in Illinois last November, $1.7 million worth of cannabis has been sold. One shop owner told the Daily Herald that without 20,000 to 30,000 new customers over the next six months, the industry is unlikely to land on stable footing.

The state of Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board will consider adding eight conditions to the list, which would help patient numbers grow.

The former chief of the pilot, however, is optimistic about the future of the program.

 

Lawmakers Override Paraphernalia Veto in Maryland

Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill earlier this month, that would have decriminalized possession of marijuana paraphernalia. State lawmakers last week, in each the state’s House and Senate, mustered up a three-fifths majority to override that veto.

So, put your glass in plain sight if that’s what you want to do Marylanders.

The legislature, which is controlled by the Democrats in that state, also overrode several other measures. Possession of up to ten grams of cannabis is decriminalized within that state, and has been since 2013.

 

Vermont Gov. Wants Legalize Cannabis Through Legislative Action

In his State of the State address Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin said he intends to pass legalization through legislative action this year. Previous legalization victories have been passed through the ballot box, which is what sets Shumlin’s ambitions apart.

“That’s why I will work with you to craft the right bill that thoughtfully and carefully eliminates the era of prohibition that is currently failing us so miserably,” said Shumlin in his address.]

 

Quick Puffs

Black market cannabis accounts for nearly ⅓ of the sales in Seattle, where it is sold legally.


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