Category: Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

Illinois dad manages his epilepsy with medical marijuana

One of the coolest and most surprising things that I have encountered as a cannabis activist is the fact that there is so much diversity within the medical cannabis community; people that I would probably never have met, otherwise. What I mean by that is that I have met people of all ages including veterans,... Read more » 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 »

Did Rauner always intend to kill the Illinois medical marijuana program?

I really hate being “Debbie Downer” here, but this latest news on the fate of our Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program (MCPP) seems to be the final “nail in the coffin.” This just in from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the agency that oversees the program. No more new qualifying conditions will be... Read more »

A medical marijuana miracle for one happy dog

Now that so many people know of my involvement in the legalize cannabis movement, many ask me why I got involved. I am not a patient in Illinois because I do not qualify for any of the 39 conditions that would allow me access to the program. I am in pretty good health for an... Read more »

The medical marijuana legalization movement is gaining momentum despite opposition

We are in the midst of a revolution, people!!! Clearly, some of the establishment “don’t like it one little bit!” In response, they are doing everything in their power to kill this revolution. I am referring to the revolution to free the weed, ganja, MJ, Mary Jane, pot, dope, marijuana, cannabis, call it what you... 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 »

Stigma of medical marijuana use still a big problem for some

If you spend any time on Facebook and/or have the slightest interest in cannabis related news, you will be aware that the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) is FINALLY up and running after an almost 2 year delay. Medical marijuana or cannabis, as we advocates like to call it, went on sale on November... 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 »

Marijuana is again getting the respect it deserves

This is such an exciting time to be a cannabis activist as marijuana, or cannabis as we activists like to call it, is finally getting its due…very long overdue by almost 80 years. If Bernie Sanders gets elected POTUS, he says he will remove marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of drugs of the Controlled... Read more »

The Illinois Women in Cannabis harvest party round-up

As many of you know, I have embraced cannabis activism with all my heart and soul. I have met many people through this blog who have shared their success stories; they have been able to wean themselves off harmful prescription meds and now use only cannabis to control their symptoms without adverse side effects. I... Read more »