But with two months to go, details are lacking about how the sick will get it, where they will find it and how it could change the landscape.
The state is welcoming medical marijuana with great limitations, only 38 illnesses qualify as reasons to get it.
Just how rigid are our rules will be is still being ironed out legislatively.
And because of that, it could be summer, maybe later, before anyone in this state will get their first puff, taste or dose of medical marijuana.
In Colorado, marijuana goes fully “recreational” in January, making it as easy to buy as a bottle of booze if you’re 21 years of age.
WGN’s Julie Unruh traveled to Colorado how that state influenced what Illinois plans to do.
Kayvan Khalatbari owns Denver Relief, a dispensary in downtown Denver. He is a pioneer in the bud business. He not only sells medical marijuana, he grows it too, at a warehouse, a few miles away. He’s required to sell at least 70% of his grow under Colorado law.
Set up like bank tellers, the bud-tenders are happy to show a patient all sorts of medicine, much of which doesn`t resemble traditional medicine at all.