Illinois Growers Get Green Light to Ship Marijuana
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Illinois Growers Get Green Light to Ship Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 06, 2015 at 14:38:18 PT
By Tribune Wire Reports
Source: Chicago Tribune
Illinois -- Medical marijuana growers in Illinois have been notified by state officials that they can start shipping their products to dispensaries Friday for sale to patients early next week.Growers, who have been waiting for the official green light, received an Illinois Department of Agriculture letter late Thursday explaining how marijuana can be transported. Illinois medical cannabis program director Joseph Wright confirmed the authorization Friday to The Associated Press.
Marijuana can be transported only between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., according to the official instructions. Vehicles carrying it must be staffed by at least two cultivation center employees."We're thrilled," said Bradley Vallerius, spokesman for Revolution Cannabis-Delavan, a cultivation center in central Illinois, which plans to ship products to dispensaries this weekend.Licensed businesses are connected to the state's digital tracking system, which is intended to prevent marijuana from being diverted onto the black market. Growers must enter unique product ID numbers into the system before they can ship.Florida-based BioTrack THC, which has the Illinois contract for tracking medical marijuana from seed to sale, has similar state contracts in Washington, New Mexico and New York, said CEO Patrick Vo.The tracking system allows state officials to monitor in real time the location of seedlings, sale products and even plant waste scheduled for destruction. "In the system, any change in quantity requires some type of action or description," Vo said.The system also is designed to catch violators who might add black-market marijuana to the legitimate system, Vo said. Tracking each product protects patients with weakened immune systems from marijuana that hasn't been tested for harmful microbes, poisons from fungus, pesticides and solvents."I'm certain there are a lot of people on the fence" about Illinois' pilot program "and people who are staunchly prohibitionist," Vo said. "Accountability, transparency and safety are things both sides can get behind."Illinois has 3,300 patients approved for the program. The Illinois Department of Public Health started mailing patients their official program ID cards last week.Eight dispensaries are fully licensed. They are located in Marion, Mundelein, Canton, Quincy, Addison, North Aurora, Schaumburg and Ottawa.Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)Published: November 6, 2015Copyright: 2015 Chicago Tribune Company, LLCWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on November 06, 2015 at 18:04:59 PT
"Marijuana can be transported only between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m..""Vehicles carrying it must be staffed by at least two cultivation center employees."Just so ridiculous.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 06, 2015 at 16:26:33 PT
Hoops for now but progress will increase.
Sometimes progress is slow, however, this is truly progress. Just outside of Chicago is a little place called Illinois and now citizens in that state may have a little easier experience using cannabis for medical issues.Still have to jump through some hoops though but for now...There are [con-artists, known as cannabis prohibitionists] who claim medical cannabis is a scam but let's examine that claim.1st, cannabis has been documented medically for over 5,000 years.2nd, Cannabis was used medically in the U.S. historically till powerful and greedy people interrupted it in order to profit from competing... as history proves.3rd, once cannabis becomes legalized not only for medical use but also for any other use, like in Colorado, citizens still use it for medical use, but no longer have to jump through any hoops. -No doctor permission slips or paying government extortion money for protection from police for using a God-given plant.Upon examination, it becomes clear, ending cannabis prohibition, is for the benefit of all citizens.
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