SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Time for an attitude adjustment

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014

* An interesting little turn of events

Pharmacist Joseph Friedman has a dream to open his own medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois. […]

One problem: Pharmacists’ federal licenses prohibit them from dispensing the drug.

That’s why Friedman, of Lincolnshire, is leading a push in Illinois to have pharmacists run marijuana dispensaries and to reclassify the drug as a “Schedule II” substance for medical use.

After Friedman’s presentation Tuesday before the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy, other leading pharmacists expressed interest in the board getting involved as the rules for medical marijuana distribution are sorted out.

But not everybody is happy with this idea

Dan Linn, executive director of NORML Illinois, which works to legalize the drug, said some marijuana advocates fear that the big pharmaceutical industry will take over the potentially multibillion-dollar business, forcing out local growers and retailers.

Oh, please. The more “mainstream” this becomes, the better off everybody is gonna be. I, for one, would love to see Walgreens dispensing med-mar. And if Big Pharma wants to put its massive research facilities to use on this, why stop them? They’ve come up with some incredible medical advances over the years, and they should most definitely be included. This ain’t just a hippie thing any longer.

* Other business news…

* Illinois to see job growth with the help of Magic Johnson: Former NBA superstar Magic Johnson, the new controlling shareholder of Iowa-based EquiTrust, said the company would have 200 workers in downtown Chicago by the end of this year, and planned eventually to have 1,000 here. “You can’t do that in Iowa. If you’re gonna be the kind of insurance company that wants to draw the talent, you gotta look at a state that has 1,200 insurance companies, 28,000 people, a depth of professional capacity and skills that only a city like Chicago has,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel commented.

* Magic Johnson scores Iowa insurer for Illinois: Gov. Terry Branstad vigorously defended Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart on Tuesday when he learned that the EquiTrust move wasn’t just a paper relocation, as was initially believed. “We have a great insurance commissioner and we just had two insurance companies redomicile to Iowa,” Branstad said. Iowa is home to more than 200 insurance companies.

* Quinn seeks statewide petcoke restrictions: KCBX said it has spent $30 million upgrading its storage terminal on Burley Avenue between 108th and 111th streets, including $10 million for new dust-suppression equipment. The company is willing to enclose its petcoke piles but opposes some other requirements Quinn and Emanuel propose, including a provision in city regulations that would force storage terminals to suspend operations when wind speed exceeds 15 mph.

* Durbin and Kirk ask FEMA to fix formulas and level field for disaster aid

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 12:45 pm:

    Considering how the banks are treating folks in the Medical MJ industries not sure you are going to be seeing regular pharmacies anytime soon…

  2. - Empty Suit - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 12:51 pm:

    Hmm going to a pharmacy to get something that has been deemed a medicine. This makes too much will never work

  3. - Just Observing - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 12:54 pm:

    If you buy into the premise that pharmacies should dispense legal drugs, then its hard to argue that they shouldn’t be the ones dispensing med mar.

  4. - Secretariat - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 12:58 pm:

    Pharmacies better start spending time in DC. That has to get fixed first.

  5. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:16 pm:

    It is ridiculous that after all these years of states having medical marijuana that the federal government has not bothered to reclassify marijuana as a schedule II drug. I mean COCAINE is a schedule II drug that can be legally dispensed by pharmacists for Pete’s sake.

  6. - Ghost - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    One of those doh! Moments. Of course this should be done, and why didn’t we think of it sooner.

    Now if only the cash from sales could be deposited in a bank under fed law. These pharmacies wlll need massive security since this can only be a cash only business. At least robbers will have good targets for cash hauls now. Viva la crime increasing policies.

  7. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:21 pm:

    Just wait till the reports from Colorado start getting digested regarding the increase in tax revenue, tourism and population because of their pot legalization. Other states will get on the bandwagon pretty quick to lossen their laws.

  8. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    Where was Big Pharma during the long legislative battle to get Med Mar approved? Maybe I missed it, but until recently I don’t recall hearing a loud cry from pharmicists about re-classifying marijuana as a Schedule II.

    But now that there’s money to be made…

  9. - dan linn - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:39 pm:

    “The Illinois Pharmacists Association opposed the current law in principle but would support having its members oversee the sale of marijuana if it went through the typical federal approval process for medicinal drugs and was reclassified for legal sale, Executive Director Garth Reynolds said.”

    It seems hypocritical to oppose a bill and then when it passes try to capitalize on it. If the pharmacists want to lead the charge to reschedule cannabis that is fine, but why make it a schedule II, III or IV substance other than to maintain certain gatekeepers who can profit from their positions? The safety profile of cannabis is much safer than many schedule II, III, or IV drugs. Treat it like any other therapeutic botanical available at pharmacies but not needing a prescription/recommendation to get it. The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia just released their Cannabis Monograph detailing Standards of Identity, Analysis & Quality Control for cannabis and it hardly made a splash of news despite being the exact place where standards for herbal medicines are developed.

  10. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    Redomicile? Is that even English?

  11. - Ghost - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    I wouldn’t say its hypocritical. You can oppose something, but if it passes accept the new world, adjust and participate. I call that being flexible and intelligent. Pouting about losing and refusing to accept or participate in a changed world would be the troubling behavior, and it’s absence is not hypocritical

  12. - walker - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 2:43 pm:

    It’s understandable that some med-mar supporters don’t want to see the Pharmacists involved.

    The elephant in the room, is that for many (not all) supporters this was never really about legitimate medical use. It was about legalization.

  13. - SandyC - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    No offense to the pharmaceutical world, but I prefer to get Jim’s product from those who have experience and knowledge of the various strains of medical cannabis and proper dispensing. 

    I’d also not be so quick to place cannabis in the same category as controlled substances like morphine or methadone, both of which have killed from side effects and OD. Not to mention how many FDA approved drugs later to be found unsafe. No one has ever died from a cannabis OD and the only terrible side effects are hunger, symptom relief and sleep.

    The pharmaceutical world turned their heads when this bill was up for a vote. There’s only one reason now… Hands out of the cookie jar please… and thank you.

  14. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    Home brew? Home pot in the backyard.

  15. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Jan 15, 14 @ 4:14 pm:

    Since many folks wish for this substance to be legalized altogether, it seems the pharmacists and MedMar dispensary hopefuls will be out of the loop entirely with little or no money to be made. Chasing after vanishing profits.

    Given the trends, I think it behooves the fed gov’t to get on the ball and approve some research into medical marijuana. However, it may be that they, too, will be bypassed by the legalizing trend.

    I think if there is a move to compel an insurance company (read taxpayer?) to pay for the prescription for this I would object unless there has been clear proof of it’s efficacy in treating the condition for which the substance is prescribed.

  16. - Juvenal - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 8:09 am:

    I have no objection to Walgreens dispensing medical marijuana.

    I do object to reclassifying it as a scheduled drug so that ONLY Walgreens can distribute it.

    “Independent retailers” have a proven track record, and we shouldnt allow the big guys the ability to corner the market.

    When it comes to botanicals, it is critical for consumers that we maintain a genetically diverse supply.

  17. - dupage dan - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    === When it comes to botanicals, it is critical for consumers that we maintain a genetically diverse supply ===

    Just what is it in marijuana that provides the medical benefits? Is it the THC? If so, different types of pot deliver the same substance, albeit in different strengths. Otherwise, diversity is irrelevant. The idea that different pot plant types can provide different substances that can treat different conditions smacks of medical quackery.

  18. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 10:17 am:

    ===Is it the THC?===

    Not necessarily. A strain has been developed out west with almost no THC that is designed to kill pain.

  19. - dan linn - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    There are different cannabinoid levels in different strains/varieties of cannabis, similar to different flavors and tannins in wine, varieties of scotch and tomatoes. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid (CBs) but others like CBD, CBN, and Anandamide (AEA) hold promising therapeutic potential. And while there is a pill that is 100% THC (whereas herbal cannabis can be anywhere from 7%-25% THC) the synergistic effect of these cannabinoids are likely why the substance is therapeutic for such a wide range of conditions and why patients find relief from herbal cannabis and not the synthesized pill. Visit the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines or the International Cannabinoid Research Society websites for more info on peer reviewed published articles on CBs.

  20. - Sandy Champion - Thursday, Jan 16, 14 @ 2:38 pm:

    ======The idea that different pot plant types can provide different substances that can treat different conditions smacks of medical quackery.=====

    Not so quick. I have taken care of Jim, who fought hard for this bill for one reason and one only, it works. Depending on your condition and/or illness or symptoms, there are three distinct differences among cannabis. Sativas, Indicas and Hybrids, all very different from one another in terms of how it affects a patient. Let me explain in layman’s terms so it’s understood better. CBD’s play an important role, but for many, the type and branding is as important when purchasing.

    Sativas: known to produce an uplifting feeling that is typically very energizing and stimulating. Also known to give you a long lasting, clear-head that will leave one more energetic. Most often used by those who have an illness that zaps energy, has depression or just needs an extra jolt to get going.

    Indicas: Known to produce a very relaxing and narcotic-like feeling. Relieves stress, provide full-body pain relief, and helps with sleep at night. Typically ideal for chronic pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, nausea, appetite stimulation and sleeping. Individuals who suffer from diseases like multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, sleep apnea and insomnia tend to benefit from Indica strains.

    Hybrids: Indica/Sativa clones

    * Sativa-dominant Hybrids are typically for those seeking more energy but with both physical and mental relief.

    *Even Hybrids (50/50): Ideal for those seeking a balance of both strains and equal relief of both mental and physical.

    * Indica-dominant Hybrids: Ideal for those who seek full body relief with a relaxing mind. Used by those seeking sleep relief and minor pain.

    So, when there’s a suggestion of medical quackery, I will fight that argument relentlessly. I’ve taken care of someone very very ill with MS for 26 years. The strains I purchase for him are of the utmost importance to me and those helping me to help him. He uses Indica strains and I never buy Sativas. I have considered hybrids, but Indicas work best for his multiple sclerosis and pain relief. And his medical doctors are 100% on board.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* Zopp makes small cable TV buy during debate
* Exelon Just Received A $1.7 Billion Rate Increase Through The Market-Based Capacity Auction
* Question of the day
* Raoul: "Inflexible demands plus willful amnesia is no recipe for any negotiation"
* Violence spike blamed on budget cuts
* *** UPDATED - Home and doing better *** I'll be back later
* Gray hired by Trump
* MLB playoff open thread
* Once more, with feeling
* B3 fallout?
* Unclear on the concept
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* BATBAND: Sleek, ear-free headphones won’t hurt your ears, now on Kickstarter
* Moto X Force passes through Chinese regulators
* Still time to win: enter to take home this HTC One M9 while you can
* Master your super human skills, control powers in ‘Heroes Reborn: Enigma’
* Apple appears to be upgrading older iOS hardware to support Bluetooth 4.2
* CEO Liu Zuohu exercises, possibly gives away name of OnePlus X
* Meizu m2 to be available in India next week

* Hahn feels White Sox fanbase's frustration
* Sox to rely on improvement of core in 2016
* One benefit of the White Sox' lefty-heavy rotation
* Foot issue to sideline White Sox prospect Hawkins
* After second base, it was no-go White Sox
* Scouting, player development key for White Sox
* Arbitration-eligible White Sox won't put dent in payroll


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Rauner, Democrats continue war of words; Also: .....
* Climate Change Haunts This Year's Pumpkin Crop .....
* Rauner Names Major GOP Contributor, Others To H.....
* Rauner names contributor to preservation agency.....
* Rauner names contributor to preservation agency.....

* Rauner names contributor to preservation agency
* Ex-governor says ex-convicts shouldn't be labeled felon
* Rockford University looking to finish raising $17.3 million
* Corruption arraignment Tuesday for ex-Chicago schools CEO
* Chinese students bring new business to Champaign-Urbana
* ISU president calls for end to budget turmoil in Springfield
* EXCHANGE: Many point with pride at World War II service
* NIU to rededicate plaque honoring fallen WWII veterans
* Chicago State names Alabama university official to top post
* Mural, crosswalk art project underway downtown Springfield

* Rail work to shut down Amtrak trains for two weeks
* Rauner names new chair of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency board
* Ex-governor Ryan says ex-convicts shouldn't be labeled felons
* Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb
* The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project still in jeopardy; memo paints discouraging picture
* Democrats say Rauner 'needs to get serious' on budget
* Democrats: Illinois could go broke without budget
* Gov. Rauner ends quarter with $19M in campaign fund
* Prosecutors say former Congressman Aaron Schock is 'grandstanding'
* State Rep. David Leitch won't seek re-election

* Notre Dame gets $20 million for global investing institute
* The Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots approach to governing
* Cubs World Series tickets would be most expensive in history
* Union files lawsuit on Chicago Park District pension bill
* Paul Ryan said to weigh speaker bid under GOP pressure

* Watch: New Blackhawk Artem Anisimov scores shorthanded goal
* Tearful Ald. Carrie Austin on health crisis that nearly killed her
* Emails: Ex-CPS CEO was outraged City Hall questioned no-bid deal
* Artemi Panarin’s personality, skill breaking down language barrier
* Parents blast CPS for cuts in special ed programs
* Mayor tells U.S. attorney general that Chicago cops are in “fetal” position
* Blackhawks’ success further motivates Nick Leddy
* Viktor Tikhonov’s Blackhawks debut feels like his NHL debut
* Indicted ex-CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to appear Tuesday in court
* Charity raffling off Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring

* Ryan says 'felon' hurts convicts' chances of finding work
* Bomb threat at GSU cancels classes
* Police charge father after incident that left infant son seriously injured
* Black bear that visited Indiana this summer returns to state
* Mother cleared of endangerment charges in death of infant daughter
* Assault weapons bans at stake in Highland Park case before Supreme Court
* Ex-Cicero leader Loren-Maltese turns bric-a-brac into cash at estate sale
* Murder suspect's cop boyfriend knew of plot to kill husband: detective
* Train on Metra's Union Pacific West line involved in pedestrian incident
* Freed from prison, but waiting compensation as state budget fight drags on

* Rail work to shut down Amtrak trains for two weeks
* Rauner names new chair of Illinois Historic Preservation Agency board
* Ex-governor Ryan says ex-convicts shouldn't be labeled felons
* Anti-violence programs shut down as Chicago shootings climb
* The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project still in jeopardy; memo paints discouraging picture
* Mike Lang: 'Racial Taboo' screening will advance local unity efforts
* Democrats say Rauner 'needs to get serious' on budget
* Bernard Schoenburg: Supreme Court refuses to hear Illinois Policy Institute appeal over press access at Statehouse
* Gov. Rauner ends quarter with $19M in campaign fund
* Prosecutors say former Congressman Aaron Schock is 'grandstanding'

* LIVE! IlliNOISE Night
* PODCAST: Sports Talk 10-09-15
* Wetter days ahead by mid-month across the Corn Belt
* High school football scoreboard, Oct. 9, 2015
* VIDEO PICK: UI 21, Iowa 14
* Urbana High School Homecoming 2015
* PODCAST: Illini Notebook with Brian Barnhart
* Central Illinois Daily Life: Oct. 2015
* Updated: Pressure builds on Paul Ryan to run for House speaker
* Tom's Mailbag, Oct. 9, 2015

* Priest who led Mundelein retreat, served in Des Plaines, Schaumburg, dead at 79
* Coroners: Rising heroin deaths could be connected to tainted drug
* Boy Scouts closing Woodstock's Camp Lakota, two in Wisconsin
* Report: Suburban measles cases similar to Disneyland strain, can't be connected
* Officials: Five people hospitalized after Long Grove crash

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Senator Durbin Calls on VA and Department ......
* Durbin: Taxpayers Are Funding Some For-Pro......
* Durbin wants college textbooks to be affor......

* Kirk supported money to Illinois waterways......
* Sen. Kirk Introduces Bill to Clarify Stand......

* Parents, Advocates Speak Out Against CPS Special Need Education Cuts
* Special education
* Marine Drive To Undergo Repaving
* Schakowsky Introduces Bill To Make Renewable Energy Tax Credit Permanent
* Byrd-Bennett Arraignment Scheduled For Tuesday
* Illinois' first lady appears in domestic violence PSA
* Roseburg Oregon protesters tell Obama: "Go Golf!"
* Positive Loitering Tonight, 7pm-8pm
* Islamic extremists cut off 12 year old Syrian boy's fingertips before public execution
* Rauner addresses LGBT Business Graduate Conference

* Board’s New Rules Will Reduce Risk of Tire Fires and Disease-Carrying Mosquitos
* Illinois Hosts Inaugural Interstate Medical Licensure Compact - Aims to increase health care access through multi-state physician licensure program
* IEMA Announces Elgin Community College Attains ‘Ready to Respond Campus’ Designation - Elgin one of five Illinois campuses to receive distinction
* New Mortgage Loan Interface Increases Efficiency, Compliance
* State Fire Marshal Ushers In Fire Prevention Week - “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!”

    Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller