Medical cannabis dispensary plans July opening

Editor’s note: The words cannabis and marijuana are used interchangeably

Across the nation medical cannabis legislation is being crafted, reworked and debated.cannabis-big

Given that Illinois had legislation in place since August of 2013 the focus on medical cannabis has been at the local rather than state levels. When all the legislation was in place and licenses awarded to be a marijuana grower or dispensary, only one African-American firm was on the list – Illinois Grown Medicine (IGM). The company met staunch opposition to its original proposed Calumet Heights location; but according to IGM CEO Les Hollis “the law restricted us to Hyde Park Township, which encompasses most of the city’s South Side.

“We now believe we have found the ideal location on 86th Street and Commercial Avenue,” Hollis said.He added he expects the dispensary to open at a 4,600 square facility in the former South Chicago Laundromat and Cleaners.

Illinois is operating under a four-year pilot program  formally called “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act,with what is said by industry experts to have some of the staunchest restrictions in the nation. It is one of 20 states offering medical marijuana.Hollis noted there is some confusion about the availability of the product. “Only people with a prescription from their doctor are eligible to buy the products, which can include foods, teas and the processed leaves (for smoking). He added only the individual with the prescription or designated caregiver will be able to enter the dispensary at 8554 S. Commercial.

Those younger than 18,but have a prescription must be accompanies by an adult.

While state officials offer they will continually consider adding to the list of which medical conditions can be addressed through medical cannabis, the box on right contains those conditions. 

  • Cancer
  • glaucoma
  • positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • acquired immune deficiency  syndrome
  • hepatitis C
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • muscular dystrophy
  • severe fibromyalgia
  • spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibrous dysplasia
  • spinal cord injury
  • traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Parkinson’s,
  • Tourette’s
  • Myoclonus,
  • Dystonia
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type 1 and Type II
  • Causalgia
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • nail-patella syndrome
  • residual limb pain
  • seizure (including those characteristic of epilepsy, or the treatment of those conditions