medical marijuana

Illinois is one year into its four-year medical marijuana pilot project, and doctors' opinions are divided.  

Doctors' trade group, the Illinois State Medical Society, has no official stance on pot's medical benefits, or lack thereof. However, the Society's current president, Dr. Thomas Anderson, says the membership is split. 

"Because we have doctors within the organization who feel like it is a value drug in certain settings, we have doctors in the organization who feel like it's a useless substance that doesn't even belong on the shelf with other medications."

Next week brings the anniversary of legal medical marijuana sales in Illinois and the program is growing steadily. Patients with state approval to buy marijuana now number about 12,000.

The state released new monthly figures Wednesday. Retailers sold $4.1 million in marijuana products during October, marking another month of increasing sales.

Last month's figures bring the total retail sales in Illinois to $28 million since purchasing began Nov. 9, 2015.

The number of dispensaries continues to grow, too, with 46 now licensed to sell medical marijuana.

WNIJ

A cannabis dispensary is using a new tactic nearly a year into Illinois' slow-rollout of a medical marijuana program.

The advertising campaign is designed to encourage doctors and patients to view cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

HCI Alternatives CEO Chris Stone says it's not just about promoting the product he sells. He says it's about moving away from pain killers with adverse side effects.

Illinois patients legally purchased $2.9 million worth of medical marijuana products in July.

State officials with the medical cannabis pilot program released the figures Wednesday. June sales had been $2.57 million.

Sales have climbed steadily since purchasing began Nov. 9.

Illinois now has nearly 8,891 qualified medical marijuana patients and 40 registered dispensaries.

July's figures bring the total retail sales of marijuana in Illinois to $16.3 million.

WUIS

  A Cook County judge is ordering the state of Illinois to reconsider adding irritable bowel syndrome to the list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana.

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