Not too long ago, a Facebook user posted a picture of a sign hung up in an Illinois gun store which stated: “Attention: Medical Marijuana Card Holders. Illinois state law prohibits the purchase of firearms for medical cannabis card holders.” This picture, inspired some rather heated conversation and controversy.

Hamptonburgh Cannabis Cultivation Center
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PharmaCann LLC, one of five companies approved by the state to grow and sell medical marijuana, will soon launch its Orange County facility that will harvest “tens of thousands” of medical cannabis plants — just don’t call it pot.

PharmaCannis Albany, New York
PharmaCannis Albany

Nearly three months into the launch of the state's medical marijuana program, the Cuomo administration estimates that roughly half of the patients deemed eligible have received the drug, a Department of Health spokesman told POLITICO New York.

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Ninety-nine percent of primary care doctors routinely prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to survey results released Thursday by the National Safety Council.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Rules and Regulations
Rules and Regulations

There is another competition going on inside the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program....

Medical Marijuana in Illinois and Social Justice
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Cannabis is a controlled substance under federal law, and is, by definition, illegal to possess and sell, but the "G" (as in Government) has made it clear that under the current administration, it does not intend to enforce federal criminal law against those persons and businesses that are appropriately engaged in the commerce of medical marijuana pursuant to state law, absent exceptional circumstances.

The Players In The Illinois Medical Cannabis Industry
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In Illinois, the State always gets its say. There are very few industries that the government doesn't touch. Medical cannabis is no different. In fact, the contrary is true: Regulating medical cannabis in Illinois involves no fewer than six separate state administrative agencies and more "ad hoc" governmental groups.

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A flurry of activity has taken place in recent weeks, including the launch Dec. 23 of an online registration process by the New York State Department of Health for patients who have been certified by a specially trained physician as eligible to apply for a registry identification card.

New York Medical Marijuana
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As New York state's medical marijuana Program officially launched Thursday, Valle met with Maya's physician, Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, at PharmaCannis, a Buffalo-area dispensary on Northpointe Parkway in Amherst.

You'd be surprised to see the day to day activities of an Illinois MMJ Attorney. In this raw, honest and lighthearted analysis, PharmaCannis attorney walks us through his experience in the dispensaries.

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