For most US States there is no such thing as marijuana tourism because so few states permit non-residents to legally buy. But in Colorado, marijuana tourism is a real business and it’s generating real dollars despite the State’s lack of Amsterdam-style coffee shops (which are prohibited in both Colorado and Washington under the new recreational cannabis laws, as is public consumption in any shape or form).
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Since the official implementation of Illinios’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program earlier this month, the medical cannabis scene here has started heating up. Prospective industry participants will be competing for a limited number of cultivator and dispensary licenses, and a new group of players wants to throw its hat into the ring: pharmacists.

As the Tribune recently reported, a group of pharmacists interested in becoming involved in the medical marijuana industry pled its case last week to the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy, an advisory body to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (the same body that will regulate marijuana dispensaries).
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Last week the Illinois Department of Public Health was the first Illinois State agency to releasing draft rules for regulating patient access to medical cannabis. The rules are available here and DPH is accepting public comments through February 7 (more information available here).

The rule garnering the most attention right now is proposed § 946.230(c), which lists what patient applicants must do to qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois. Most of the requirements are relatively unsurprising. Cannabis patients must certify that they understand that possession and use of marijuana is still a federal crime, that they will keep their records up-to-date, that they will not transfer or re-sell their medical marijuana, that smoking in public is not allowed, etc. Certainly nothing earth shattering. But there is this kicker at the very end of the list:
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