Knowledgeable Attorneys Offer Guidance on Illinois Medical Marijuana Laws
Providing resources to open a new business or obtain medical marijuana
Changes to Illinois law with regard to medical marijuana have provided new opportunities for dispensaries and related businesses. The changes also help people dealing with a number of chronic illnesses. At Waukegan’s Stone & Associates, we represent entrepreneurs and business owners who wish to grow and distribute medical marijuana through a dispensary. We also work with people who want a grower’s license or dispensary license for medical marijuana and individuals with diagnosed illnesses who need to obtain medical marijuana or who have been wrongly accused of obtaining marijuana illegally. Our firm is well known for providing personal attention and outstanding services to our clients throughout Lake County and the surrounding areas.
Business law related to medical marijuana
Illinois House Bill 1, passed in August 2013, creates a pilot program for the legal growing, distribution and use of medical marijuana for patients facing a number of medical conditions and chronic illnesses effective January 1, 2014. There are some strict regulations associated with the law, and it allows for only 60 dispensaries across 22 cultivation districts in the state.
To get licensed as a grower, you must submit an application and the associated fee to the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. This can be a complicated process, as you must provide proof of capitalization, your nonprofit status, operational plans, adequate inventory control systems and more. You must also be set up in an approved area at least 2,500 feet from any school, childcare provider or group home. A qualified lawyer with Stone & Associates helps with all of the paperwork and processes associated with this application.
Medical marijuana for people who need it
To qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana patient registry, you must be at least 18 years old with proof of residency in the state. You must also obtain a physician-signed certification that you are likely to receive a therapeutic benefit from using medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of your particular illness or medical condition and evidence that you’ve been diagnosed for an eligible condition. Approved patients may buy as much as 2.5 ounces per two-week period, with a 1 percent tax added to each purchase.
The following are some of the illnesses that could make you eligible for a medical marijuana ID card:
- HIV & AIDS
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal cord diseases
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
If you have further questions about this process or have been accused of illegally possessing medical marijuana, speak with an experienced attorney right away.
Seek the advice of a dedicated Lake County attorney
Stone & Associates, located in Waukegan, serves individuals and families throughout Zion, Lake Bluff and the rest of northeastern Illinois. Our office features flexible hours and a convenient location near the Lake County Courthouse, and we provide easy payment plans. Give us a call at 847-336-7888 or contact us online to get started.