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Illinois forfeited 13,000 pages of documents to attorneys who are challenging how the state awarded one medical marijuana business license.

This is the first release of this kind of material, but the records remain closed to journalists and the general public. The disclosure could soon shed light on the secretive process.

The records include applications from five companies that competed for a grower’s permit in a region covering Kankakee County.

The case is one of several similar lawsuits that are being closely watched by the new marijuana industry.


Patients with certain illnesses are on their way to being able to use medical marijuana in Illinois, but time is running out.

Illinois' medical marijuana program is set to continue for another two and a half years. Sick people haven't even been able to legally buy cannabis yet.

Democratic Rep. Lou Lang says that wasn't his intent; he'd wanted the program to last twice that long. Lang blames a delay in Illinois awarding licenses to firms to grow and sell cannabis. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Governor Bruce Rauner has announced a list of the companies that will be allowed to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois. Letters to 18 winning cultivation centers and 52 retail stores went out today. 

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There's one issue nobody wants to talk about when it comes to state medical marijuana laws, and that's the part where people still have to break the law.

Getting the first seeds for medical operations often involves either shopping in the underground market or crossing state lines, which is a violation of state and federal laws. The situation is known as the "immaculate conception'' or the "first seed'' problem. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The production and distribution of medical marijuana is slowly coming together in Illinois. It’s a complicated process with a lot of factors that need to be worked out before the first patient picks up medication from a state dispensary.

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Entrepreneurs looking to get in on the business side of Illinois' new medical marijuana program are facing fierce competition.  The state has come out with numbers showing just how much. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

More than 360 groups have applied for cultivation center and dispensary permits under Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program, bringing in more than $5 million in fees.

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The application period for Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers ended today.

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Patients and caregivers in Illinois can begin registering for the state's medical marijuana program on Tuesday, September 2.

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Applications for Illinois' Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) were posted online today. The submission period for applications begins on September 2, 2014.