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

As long as marijuana remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, there will be those uncomfortable with marijuana businesses, no matter how professional or (state) law-abiding they may be. This stigma is unfortunate, since it may be deterring serious, experienced entrepreneurs from getting into the game. This may be particularly true downstate, which has a deserved reputation for its conservatism.
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Of all the states in which we have licensed lawyers, Nevada is by far the most frustrating. It is frustrating because Nevada voters voted to legalize medical marijuana 14 years ago, yet the state has yet to see “a penny in pot sales,” according to KTNV News. How can that be?
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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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Governor Jay InsleeIn April 2011 — right when Senate Bill 5073 was about to be passed into law by then-Washington Governor Christine Gregoire — US Attorneys Jenny Durkan (Western District of Washington) and Michael C. Ormsby (Eastern District of Washington) sent Governor Gregoire a “Dear John” letter. Senate Bill 5073 is that infamous piece of legislation