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Illinois has joined ten other states in the US in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. At the time of writing, Illinois is one of only two states in the midwest along with Michigan to legalize marijuana.

Prior to Jan. 1 only medical marijuana patients were allowed to buy marijuana in Illinois. However, hemp-derived CBD oil is legal in Illinois for all residents. Other midwest states that have medical marijuana programs include Missouri and Ohio.

Here are the 5 things you need to know including a list of stores that sell marijuana in Illinois.

 1) Where can I buy marijuana in Illinois? These stores:

Recreational sales will start with existing medical marijuana dispensaries on January 1st.

Here’s the complete list of Illinois recreational dispensaries:

Cannabis stores in Chicago

Sunnyside, 3812 North Clark St.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida man is accused of passing out marijuana to random people in downtown St. Petersburg “because it’s Christmas.”

Cops: Man handed out pot to random people in downtown St. Pete Affidavit: He told police he did it “because it’s Christmas” Charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute

The incident happened Saturday night at 16 2nd Street North, according to St. Petersburg Police.

Richard Spurrier, 67, was reportedly handing out bags of marijuana to random people on the streets.

One woman said she saw police approach Spurrier while he was passing out the marijuana.

“Yeah he was like, ‘Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas,’ and … the cop came right up behind him and was like, ‘What are you doing?’ ” Shannon Robinson said.

“When he took the marijuana after they arrested him, in his bag he had scales and like, another big bag of marijuana as well,” she said.

Spurrier is charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an arrest affidavit, Spurrier’s explanation for handing out bags of weed was “because it’s Christmas.”

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CBD oil, a product not derived from marijuana but rather from hemp, has been growing increasingly popular in recent years. Moreover, it can be purchased by all.

“Hemp” is a term denoting strains of cannabis that are effectively THC-free (less than 0.3% THC). CBD oil does not cause a high and can be purchased outside of state’s medical marijuana program’s like FloridaOhioMinnesota and Texas. Marijuana laws do not apply to Hemp Based CBD oil.

CBD itself falls in the same family of compounds as THC, which are known as cannabinoids. There are 80 or so cannabinoids produced in cannabis, THC and CBD being by far the most abundant. Cannabinoids have profound effects on a system in the human body known as the endocannabinoid system which is responsible for making adjustments to the body to maintain a balanced state of health.

While THC binds with receptors in the brain resulting in the high experienced by marijuana users, CBD does not and is therefore non-intoxicating.

Many CBD oil users report substantial relief from their symptoms without the THC. This includes patients of dozens of conditions including epilepsy, digestive disorders, anxiety disordersdepression, chronic pain including fibromyalgia, and much more.

So, do you really need the THC? Unless you’re…

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It is no longer news that CBD is one of the most powerful medicinal compounds of medical marijuana. Therefore, just as medical marijuana is gaining popularity because of its medicinal values, so is CBD. Although CBD has great therapeutic potentials, its analgesic properties can never be overemphasized. The analgesic properties of CBD implies that CBD can alleviate or treat pain without resulting in loss of consciousness. It is apparent that many diseases and sicknesses including cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Rheumatoid Arthritis, as well as neuropathy results in pain. Even though various medical conditions bring about different levels of pain, for most people, it affects their quality of life and well-being.

CBD’s analgesic properties are connected with its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) of the body. CBD affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS) by influencing the body to use its own cannabinoids more effectively. This interaction prevents the total breakdown of all the cannabinoids in the body, thereby allowing them to help manage the imbalance of the immune system and to equally keep the homeostasis of the body.

The findings from a few studies have proven the analgesic properties of CBD. A 2008 review of studies indicated that CBD was very effective in pain management without resulting…

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MO – Close to 22,000 medical marijuana cards have been issued to MO residents since July 4, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This amount of registered card holder was not expected to get that high before 2021.

Amendment 2 passed in early 2018, making cannabis legal for medical use. To qualify, patients with Crohn’s Disease, Glaucoma, HIV, IBS and several other qualifying medical conditions can visit with a qualified doctor and if eligible receive a Missouri medical marijuana cards. The state issued a qualifying conditions list, although they also left it up to the doctors discretion for weather medical marijuana will help other conditions not on the list.

Licenses for cultivation, processing, and Missouri dispensaries should be awarded by the Missouri department of Health by January 2020. Over 600 groups filed for 2,163 marijuana businesses applications to date. The state will issue 60 licenses to grow pot, 86 to make THC and CBD-infused products, and 192 dispensary licenses.

About time to get growing…

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One of our readers wants to know: “Will President Trump will legalize marijuana on a federal level?”

We’re sure many of you are chomping at the blunt to get an answer to this question as well. Let’s examine what we know so far.

A Little Back Story On Marijuana Legalization Efforts

If you had told someone back in the year 2010 that within 10 years marijuana would be legal for recreational use in at least 11 US states and the District of Columbia, a lot of folks would have called you delusional. Nonetheless, going on 2020, that’s exactly where we find ourselves, with Illinois recently becoming the 11th US state to end the prohibition of marijuana.

Furthermore, we now have 30-something states in which medical marijuana is more or less legal, including former zero-tolerance conservative states such as Florida, Ohio, and even Texas (to some extent) have open dispensaries. More than half of US citizens now live in states where marijuana is legal in some form or another for medical patients and/or adults.

HOWEVER, even if you have a medical marijuana card, if you buy and use marijuana in ANY state or territory of the US of A, you are, in fact, breaking the law.

Wait. What? How can that be? The twist, as you’ve probably guessed, is that marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, so you would be breaking federal drug laws. Even in states where marijuana is legal, you can be…

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WRITTEN BY SUSHREE MOHANTY

Cannabis legalization is a hot topic. With the sudden boom in the cannabis industry, legalization at the national level is vital. Last week, President Trump might have dropped a hint about cannabis legalization.

President Trump and cannabis legalization

We all know that President Trump loves discussing and tweeting about topics, especially tariff-related topics. However, he hasn’t really discussed cannabis legalization. Previously, I discussed how cannabis could be an important topic in President Trump’s reelection campaign.

Last week, President Trump might have dropped a hint about his thoughts on cannabis legalization. On August 30, Marijuana Moment reported that President Trump expressed his views. DC Examiner reporter Steven Nelson asked him about federally legalizing marijuana while he is in office. President Trump said, “We’re going to see what’s going on. It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision. A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.”

Why is cannabis legalization important at a federal level?

Currently, recreational marijuana is legal in ten states and Washington DC. Notably, 33 states have legalized medicinal marijuana, while 14 states have decriminalized marijuana…

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We Recently Received This Question From Mary Regarding Her Mom, So We Had This Written…Not Medical Advice:) The Question:

“My mother is 80 yrs old and has Alzheimer’s, and I have heard about CBD oil being beneficial to slowing disease progression. I don’t need medical marijuana services or a card but would like to understand how CBD is used dosed and benefit/risk. I would rather speak to clinicians than dealers or enthusiasts. If you can advise or even send me where I can get safe advise please let me know.
Thank you for your time.
Mary E.”

The Answer:

Dear Mary, thanks for your question. We’ll do our best to provide you with actionable answers.

Before we delve into this, we’d like to say that we have readers in a similar situation who are also interested in the potential of medical cannabis to treat Alzheimer’s disease, so we’re not only going to talk about clinical and lab studies related to CBD but to THC as well. Some of the studies mentioned herein involved a combination of THC and CBD.

First off, we’d like to start with a caveat…

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It’s complicated.

This is an interesting twist to the avalanche of states passing legislation legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana nationwide. It seems Texas lawmakers have inadvertently made it damn near impossible to file charges against those found to be in possession of marijuana — which, in some counties, at least, is as good as legalizing it.

Texas is renowned for its harsh drug laws. In fact, more than sixty thousand Texans were arrested on charges related to marijuana possession in 2017 — a whopping eight percent of total arrests. Now, thanks to new hemp legislation, that number is dropping fast.

So it’s a hemp bill. What’s the harm?

In 2018 U.S. lawmakers passed a federal Farm Bill which removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of Schedule I controlled substances. Hemp, as you probably know by now, is the same plant as marijuana, but hemp is bred to be essentially devoid of THC, the intoxicating compound found in pot.

In an effort to take advantage of the situation and begin building a hemp market in the state (after four score decades of prohibition), Texas lawmakers passed bill H.B. 1325, legalizing the cultivation, processing, sale, and possession of hemp. However, they never dreamed that they would be causing such…

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How To Get Started Growing Your Own Medical Marijuana In MO

Growing marijuana in Missouri can get you in super big trouble — that is unless you’re a card-holding medical marijuana patient or caregiver.

In this post, we’ll talk about the conditions under which you can legally grow marijuana in Missouri. We’ll also cover the stiff penalties you could face if you grow your own pot without meeting those conditions or if you exceed the limits set by law. And finally we’ll talk about actually getting growing.

The short of it is that medical marijuana patients in Missouri are permitted to have up to 18 plants growing on their own property — six flowering plants, six non-flowering plants, and six seedlings or clones. Frankly, there’s no reason anyone should need to exceed that limit if they’re doing a proper job of growing cannabis.

To put things in context, let’s look at a little backstory to see how we got here.

Medical Marijuana In Missouri

The clear winner in the November 2018 nationwide midterm elections was cannabis. The election brought the number of states with medical marijuana programs up to 32 (now 34). That day, Missouri residents passed a ballot measure known as Amendment 2 with a two-thirds mandate officially establishing a medical marijuana program in the state…

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