medical marijuana

Jennifer Brdlik

Is it marketing or an “awareness campaign?” That’s the question sparked by a company’s upcoming ads for medical marijuana.

Chicago-based Cresco Labs is the BIG player in Illinois’ medical marijuana market. It holds permits for cultivation centers in Joliet, Kankakee, and Lincoln. It’s a big investment for the company…so it’s investing what it says is “seven figures” worth of ads, in print and on radio, social media, and billboards.

The Demand For Medical Cannabis In Illinois

Sep 15, 2015

Legislation creating Illinois’ medical marijuana law took effect at the start of 2014, but nearly two years into it, no product has been sold.  In Monday's report on the opening of one of the first cultivation sites, we heard about one of the companies growing the state’s first crop of medical cannabis.  

Now, we hear about those hoping to benefit. 

They include Army Veteran Dan Jabs, who served a 10-month tour in Iraq a decade ago. 

When he came back, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


Illinois may miss a deadline to rule on proposals for more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. The main sponsor of the program in the General Assembly says he’s not worried.

Monday went by without Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah ruling on whether to add 11 illnesses to the 40 to be covered when the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries open. That will likely be sometime in the fall. 

The list of recommendations from Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, osteoarthritis, and migraines. 

Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee / JENNIFER BRDLIK ELEVATED CARE

While Illinois deals with invasive Asian Carp in its waterways, medical marijuana plants are ripening for sale across the state. 

The two issues might share an economic link.

Medical cannabis is set for sale this fall.  That’s caught the attention of some of the state’s fishing industry.  

A fish processing company in northwestern Illinois sees the budding medical pot business as a new market for a product they sell, made of Asian Carp from the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  

10 Children Now Eligible For Medical Marijuana

Aug 7, 2015

Illinois has approved about 200 new patient applications for medical marijuana during July, including 10 children.

A total of 2,800 patients now have approval to use marijuana, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced this week.

The July announcement is the first time the department announced how many approved applicants are younger than 18.


Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state's medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit their suggestions starting tomorrow.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will accept petitions through July. Instructions will be posted on the program's website. An advisory board will review the petitions and hold a public hearing.

Jennifer Brdlik / Elevated Care

Patients, growers, and business owners are waiting while Illinois continues the process of setting up its medical cannabis program. One northern Illinois native is in all three of those roles in Arizona, where medical marijuana has been legal for five years. 

Jennifer Brdlik is operations director for “Elevated Care” and “Aromatic Kitchens,” companies that produce cannabis-based foods and tinctures. She spoke with WNIJ’s Susan Stephens about why she got into the business and where she thinks it’s headed in Illinois.

Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 7 p.m.

This "Context" public affairs event takes a closer look at Illinois' medical cannabis pilot program approved by state lawmakers.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Supporters of medical marijuana are holding a day-long event this Saturday in Chicago.  The Illinois Medical Cannabis Patients Summit is a workshop for people who want to become a registered medical marijuana patient or a caregiver. There’s a special evening workshop for veterans on how to navigate their health system if they feel they qualify for medical marijuana.

The event is co-sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and Americans for Safe Access-Illinois. It’s being held at the University Center in Chicago.


Illinois marijuana patients may be jumping the gun by submitting applications for diseases that aren’t approved yet. 

The state Public Health department says such applications will be rejected and fees will be refunded.

Health officials say a handful of applications came in from patients with health conditions recommended by an advisory board last week, including migraines, osteoarthritis and PTSD.