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The Rauner Administration yesterday announced the recipients of licenses under Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. The announcement came late in the day from Governor Rauner’s general counsel but there has still been no announcement on the official website of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program at the time of this writing.

The announcement came as a

Documentation released by the Rauner Administration under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Associated Press details the final days and hours of Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program under the Quinn Administration. The Illinois agencies entrusted with awarding cultivation and dispensary licenses had completed review of applications, it appears, and believed that the Quinn

Data from recent polling conducted by George Washington University shows that a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Specifically, 73% of those polled favor medical marijuana legalization and 53% favor decriminalization. The poll did not ask the respondents about legalization of recreational cannabis, which is unfortunate as that would have made for another interesting data point.
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A couple of days ago, The New York Times quoted one of our cannabis business lawyers, Hilary Bricken, in an article entitled, Providers of Medical Marijuana Face New Fears. The article was on Washington State’s efforts to greatly restrict (perhaps even kill) the medical marijuana collective garden system in favor of a recreational marijuana only regime and Hilary was quoted on that issue:

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In a sign of our confidence that Florida will soon be legalizing cannabis in one form or another, one of our cannabis business lawyers is there right now sitting for the Florida bar exam. We already have a lawyer licensed in Florida, but we think cannabis will be so big there, we want more. Florida

Legalized cannabis has so far been confined only to certain states and cannabis remains illegal under federal law. If you have a marijuana business in a state where marijuana is legal, you need to draft your contracts so as to account for this state/federal dichotomy because if you don’t, you may find yourself unable to enforce your contract.
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Our own cannabis business lawyer extraordinaire, Hilary Bricken, will be appearing live today on MSNBC at 1:30 p.m. PT, 4:30 p.m. ET. Hilary has been asked to appear on Disrupt with Karen Finney to discuss “the politics of pot legalization” right before the start of the Super Bowl. We also expect Hilary to be asked to opine on marijuana in the workplace, including in the NFL.
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