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When Will Illinois Dispensaries Open For Business?

Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by Crohnie, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Crohnie

    Crohnie Well-Known Member

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    It was announced recently that Illinois will be accepting applications starting this Fall for those wishing to open a MMJ dispensary in the state. Up to 60 dispensaries will be allowed, with the majority being in the Chicago area. :brow:

    Since the law requires a patient to "have an established relationship" with the doctor making the recommendation, at least one "clinic" is already offering their services...for quite a hefty fee, I might add. This is a necessary evil, since not all of our primary doctors or specialists would be cool with writing a "detailed report" on how exactly medical marijuana helps your condition. Long story short, Illinois is not going to see its first dispensaries open until 2015. :cuss:

    One of the reasons this is taking so long is that the Illinois MMJ law is by far the strictest in the country: No growing, limited # of medical conditions, REGISTERING WITH THE POLICE...including fingerprints, etc. :disgust:
    Fortunately, Crohnie has a once in a lifetime opportunity in Colorado coming up next year. I will miss Chicago, but not the corruption of Illinois' government.

    If anyone has news, musings, ranting, etc about Illinois dispensaries, this the place to share info.
     
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  2. xX Swamp Donkey

    xX Swamp Donkey New Member

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    Just curious, which are you refering to?

    Congrats on the opportunity in colorado :)
     
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  3. cybrguy

    cybrguy Lover of natures bounty

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    It's now looking like a couple dispensaries will get licensed in October of this year, so they should have product as soon after that as they can get a crop. The city of Chicago has already decriminalized to a ticket for low quantity possession and a law is in the hands of (state) legislators now that would decriminalize the whole state with only a "regulatory" ticket leading to no criminal record. Some are talking about a move to *legalize* in Illinois, but I would be really surprised if that happened any time soon.
     
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  4. Crohnie

    Crohnie Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that info! My guess is we should see the first dispensaries in Illinois opening in January of 2015.
     
  5. Crohnie

    Crohnie Well-Known Member

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    I had an initial appointment at a Cannabis Clinic in Chicago today. :) When I asked when they thought the first dispensaries would open in Illinois, they told me anywhere from 5-12 months. Most in the know seem to think Spring 2015.
     
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  6. Hot Potatoe

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    Or it might just keep getting pushed back... :bang:
     
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  7. aesthyrian

    aesthyrian Blaaaaah

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    That's great! I love Colorado, it's so beautiful and I find the people to be much more generous and kind than the people I deal with on a daily basis in Illinois. You can't wait around forever for Illinois to finally help provide you with the medical relief you need. Colorado does it right, in my opinion.

    I'm pretty stoked for you! :rockon:
     
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  8. Crohnie

    Crohnie Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! My oldest sister called me yesterday to let me know she's moving to Denver.
     
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  9. cybrguy

    cybrguy Lover of natures bounty

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    I have been wanting to live in Colorado for 30 years at least, tho my draw was mostly the Rocky Mountains. Something (often the client following I have here) has always held me back. That draw has increased exponentially since the MJ laws have been enacted, and may well overwhelm any difficulties that have been holding me back eventually. Just not yet... :(
     
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  10. Crohnie

    Crohnie Well-Known Member

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    I know what you mean. I've been thinking about it for some time now. The fact that my best friend and my oldest sister now live there put me over the top. The economy in Colorado is the best in the country. And, of course...the MJ laws. I'm fortunate that I'll be eligible for a medical card once I'm there. The medical prices are pretty darn reasonable.
     
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  11. Crohnie

    Crohnie Well-Known Member

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    Illinois apparently got quite a few applications for cultivation centers and dispensaries. The deadline passed for them to apply on Sept 22nd and it was announced that decisions should be forthcoming by the end of the year. Since it will take a few months to grow, harvest, dry/cure the first crop, don't expect to see the first dispensaries open in Illinois until at least April 2015. :(
     
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