2,500 Illinoisans Apply for Medical Marijuana Cards

Illinois health officials over the weekend said about 2,500 residents have applied for medical marijuana cards, even as the four-year pilot program remains stalled.

About 1,600 of those applicants have received approval letters, Department of Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told the Belleville News Democrat

  • She could not say where the applicants live.

A series of legal challenges over cultivation centers are still playing out in several areas of the state. That means that some patients who are entitled to apply for medical cannabis cards are waiting.

Legal Fight Rages Over State’s Medical Marijuana Licenses

[CHI] Legal Fight Rages Over State’s Medical Marijuana Licenses

A lawsuit filed claims the state’s process in who gets the coveted license to grow medical marijuana is dramatically flawed. NBC Chicago’s Phil Rogers reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015)

Kim Locke of Mattoon said she’s held off applying for a card for her 7-year-old daughter Alyssa, who suffers from severe epileptic seizures.