Changes to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

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On July 1 Governor Rauner signed a bill that extended the term of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program into 2020. The bill also made a number of other changes to the current system, however. The new rules went into effect on August 1st and since many of the new regulations are only being sporadically reported here is a breakdown what is different in the program, as of today.

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Medical Cannabis Patient Testimonials

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At Salveo Health & Wellness we believe in the efficacy of medical cannabis. We believe that it can help patients ease symptoms that they’ve been struggling to live with, and can improve the quality of life for countless people. You don’t have to take our word for this, though. Here are some of our patients talking about how medical cannabis has allowed them to retake control of their health.
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Medical Cannabis Will Be Available on November 9

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HW_FC_D_StackedIt is with great happiness that we announce that Salveo Health & Wellness will be selling Medical cannabis starting tomorrow Monday November 9th at our dispensary located at 3104 North Main Street, in Canton, Illinois. We have received shipments today from four cultivators, and the state and Biotrack software are finishing up a few last minute items tonight. As long as there are no problems with any of these we are good to go.

We are providing temporary expanded hours of operations to give all our patients the time they deserve when visiting our dispensary. We will be open from 10am to 7pm Monday thru Sunday this week. We have 12 medical cannabis strains available as dry flower from several growers for sale. The number of strains we carry will grow from here and oil, concentrates, and edibles will follow down the line.

This website will be updated with information on the strains that will be available. Call us at 309-647-9333 if you have any questions about what will be in the store, about the best product to treat your condition, or about pricing.
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Limited Store Hours in Advance of Medicine Being Available

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The Salveo Health & Wellness Dispensary is serving limited hours while waiting for cannabis to be available in Illinois. Patients that have received their medical cannabis cards will have access to the entire facility and will be able to purchase all of our non-cannabis retail products. Non-cardholders will be able to enter the front lobby where we have a range of wellness products and literature available.

Patients may come in for a consultation during these hours – with or without a card – or can contact us to schedule an appointment outside of these times.

Mon: 10am – 5pm
Tues: Closed
Wed: 10am – 6pm
Thurs: 8am – 4pm
Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 2pm
Sun: Closed

The first medical cannabis crops have been harvested, however the state of Illinois is still working through the final steps of bringing the program online including third-party testing of the medicine. The state has made it known that once it has completed its processes it will announce a state-wide start date, and has projected that this date will be in the next couple of weeks.

Though these delays have been unfortunate we hope that a few growing pains at the start of the medical cannabis program will mean fewer unexpected problems in the future. We are in the home stretch now, and cannot wait to serve you.

Salveo Health & Wellness Open House

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The Salveo Health & Wellness Dispensary in Canton, Illinois is nearly ready to go and in the spirit of openness and community we held an open house yesterday to show the public our vision of medical cannabis in the state. Our focus in the design was to create a welcoming, comforting space for our patients, our caregivers, and our community.

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Support Medical Cannabis in Illinois

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The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program is one that is constantly evolving, and indeed isn’t even quite off of its feet yet. There are a number of things that patients, families, and citizens of Illinois can do to support the program, and build it into a robust program serving those in the state that need relief from symptoms of severe illness.

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Upcoming Medical Cannabis Outreach Patient Seminars

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As we mentioned in a previous post we’ve partnered with Medical Cannabis Outreach for educating patients about medical cannabis and helping potential patients navigate the application process for a medical cannabis card in Illinois. MCO has announced five more free seminars over the course of the summer, answering questions about how cannabis can be used to treat many severe illnesses and how qualifying Illinois residents can register for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

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Alex Thiersch Speaking at Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit

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Salveo’s Alex Thiersch will be speaking as part of the Know Your Rights panel at the Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit on June 6 at the University Center in Chicago. He will spotlight the civil protections afforded to patients and caregivers enrolled in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

Alex has been involved in the Illinois cannabis space since the bill for the Pilot Program was being debated in the state legislature, and is part of the ownership group of Salveo Health & Wellness. These facts, along with his experience as a lawyer representing medical professionals in matters relating to legal compliance make him well-suited to weigh in on matters of cannabis law in Illinois.

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Summit is sponsored by the Illinois chapter of Americans for Safe Access and the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. The mission of the day-long event is to provide education about the use of medical cannabis, and the specifics of becoming a registered patient or caregiver in Illinois. There will be an additional presentation in the evening geared towards helping veterans navigate the VHA system to treat illnesses using medical cannabis.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Srishti Nangia and Dr. Suzanne Sisley. Dr. Nangia is a Pediatric Epileptologist at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Sisley is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and the Principal Investigator in a current FDA clinical study looking at the use of whole-plant cannabis in combat veterans with treatment-resistant PTSD.