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Who’s profiting off the millions that Illinois’ marijuana business is bringing in? State officials are keeping that secret.

3/3/20--Marijuana entrepreneurs are starting to rake in millions of dollars a month in Illinois as customers line up to buy newly legal weed, but who’s profiting from those sales remains secret. Regulators say state law bars the release of almost all the information businesses have to submit to get lucrative licenses to grow or sell cannabis. Read

More dogs falling prey to THC poisoning. Vets say legal marijuana is a key factor.

1/10/20--Dog poisoning from ingesting cannabis is sharply on the rise. The Schaumburg-based American Veterinary Medical Association reports that cannabis-related calls to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ pet poison-control hotline rose 765% during the same period from 2018 to 2019. Also, the Pet Poison Helpline has reported an increase of more than 400% in cannabis poisoning calls over the past six years. Read

Using marijuana is legal — but it can still get you fired. ‘Human resource professionals in Illinois will have their hands full.’

1/10/20--In Illinois, employers are allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office and show up impaired or fail random drug tests, according to the state’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana use. Companies also are able to reject job applicants who don’t pass drug screens. However, employers that take action against their workers still could face legal questions, leaving Illinois employers in somewhat of a quandary about what they can and should be doing in terms of drug testing and a positive marijuana result. Read

Legal weed in Illinois: A new era begins as legal recreational marijuana goes on sale in Chicago and across the state

1/1/20--Thus far, the first day of legal recreational weed sales in Illinois has meant long lines. So far, 43 marijuana stores around the state have received all needed approvals to sell recreational weed. Six of them weren’t ready Jan. 1, held up by permitting issues, construction, or other hurdles. Read

Can Illinois draw marijuana tourists from out of state? Retailers are taking a gamble on Illinois border towns.

9/27/19--Cannabis companies in Chicago are eyeing sites far beyond city limits. Illinois border towns say they’re fielding calls from operators in search of sites that would make it easy for customers to cross into their communities to shop, bringing tax dollars with them. However, none of the neighboring states have legalized recreational marijuana. Read

Are CBD products safe? A new state bill would require lab testing of cannabidiol items.

10/3/19--A bill, from Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield, would require all CBD products sold in Illinois to meet testing requirements that would be developed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Some products put themselves through third-party testing to prove they contain the promised levels of CBD, but there is no standard requirement. Read

Oswego wants public input on sale of recreational marijuana

8/22/19--The Oswego Village Board is looking for resident input as it prepares to discuss whether recreational marijuana should be sold in the village. Illinois lawmakers in July legalized adult use of recreational marijuana starting Jan. 1, and now municipalities across the state have to decide whether to allow its sale in their communities. Read

Not too long ago, a marijuana supplier was a drug dealer. Now it’s a ‘creditworthy tenant,’ as Chicago weed companies grow.

5/11/19--The marijuana industry is surging in Illinois and around the country, but despite all the growth many of those companies have continued to operate in the same spaces they launched in, until now. At least half a dozen marijuana companies in Chicago have moved or expanded their headquarters in the past several months. Executives had been waiting for certainty in an industry built on sales of a still federally illegal drug. Read

Medical marijuana gummies removed from dispensaries

12/23/16--Some packages of medical marijuana gummies produced in Illinois have been pulled from dispensary shelves and destroyed because of what appeared to be mold, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. An official with Ataraxia, the company that produced the gummies at its downstate marijuana cultivation center, said internal quality control procedures revealed that a new type of packaging allowed moisture inside a small number of 100 mg gummy multi-packs. Read