Category: Americans for Safe Access-Illinois just launched its medical marijuana education website

In Illinois, one of the biggest obstacles to acquiring a medical cannabis card for our new Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) is resistance on the part of many of our doctors, who are consistently unwilling to recommend its use. Without a doctor’s recommmendation…not a prescription…merely a recommendation that cannabis use might benefit a patient who... Read more »

Illinois doctors: why do you prescribe opiates like candy but you refuse to recommend medical marijuana?

The question I get asked the most these days in my capacity as an “expert” on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) is “do you know a doctor who is willing to recommend cannabis?” Sadly, my answer is “no” and now I find myself in a similar position where I need to find a... Read more »

Medical marijuana goes on sale in Illinois: 2 of the unsung heroes who made it happen

Unless you live under a rock, you would be aware of the fact that medical marijuana went on sale last Monday, November 9, for the first time in Illinois history. I am a member of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Community (IMCC) Facebook group which is comprised of over 2,700 cannabis patients, dispensary owners, cultivation owners,... Read more »

Medical marijuana saved Deborah Coleman's life

One of the really cool things that has happened as a result of my blogging about medical marijuana is that I have been contacted by dozens of readers about their stories, some of whom have become friends. I just LOVE when that happens. One such woman is Deborah Coleman. Several disheartening events have happened in... Read more »

After the 11 proposed conditions for medical marijuana got denied

When the latest list of 11 qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program ( and I am using the term “marijuana” entirely for SEO purposes) were rejected on September 10, I and all the thousands of Illinois cannabis activists and prospective patients who worked tirelessly to try and get them passed felt like we were... Read more »

K2/Spice is NOT remotely like marijuana, it is a very dangerous drug

My hubby and I are big, big listeners of NPR, as in National Public Radio. Every single radio in our house is tuned to WBEZ 91.5 FM. Often, the talk just acts as white noise as it drones on and on in the background, but more often then not, we actually listen to the programming.... Read more »

IDPH Director Shah: Approve PTSD (and 10 other conditions) for medical marijuana today!

The majority of Americans now favor the legalization of medical marijuana (which I will henceforth refer to as cannabis) and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana. Yet, there are more than two dozen states where cannabis is completely illegal. People are finally sick and tired of being sick; using costly pharmaceuticals with their horrendous adverse side... Read more »

Illinois Medical Cannabis Community is a great resource

Are you a resident of Illinois who has been “sitting on the fence” about applying for a medical marijuana card because you don’t know where to begin? Have I got a great Facebook group for you to join…The Illinois Medical Cannabis Community (IMCC). With over 1,800 members from all walks of life including patients, advocates,... Read more »

Dear doctors who refuse to recommend medical marijuana: I have a bone to pick with you

Hey doctors, especially those in Illinois, I have a real bone to pick with you…because now it is personal. I now know 2 people with a debilitating condition who are REALLY suffering and would REALLY benefit from medical marijuana to help relieve their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives, but their docs refuse... Read more »

Rogers Park cannabis clinic vote stalled by zoning appeals delay

Now that I have declared my medical marijuana activism, my first test will be in my own backyard, so to speak, where there is some controversy over the location of a dispensary in Rogers Park, where I live. A medical marijuana dispensary was granted a license to operate in Chicago’s 50th ward at 6501 N.... Read more »