First Medical Marijuana Approval Letters Shipped out in Illinois


First Medical Marijuana Approval Letters Shipped out in IllinoisThe first approval letters for medical marijuana program were mailed to patients in Illinois who applied to join the program, says officials.

Melaney Arnold, the spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said on Monday that the approval letters were dispatched though she said she wasn’t aware how many were sent. She said at the moment the state was channeling its energies towards processing patient applications, which run into thousands, reported Northwest Herald.

The state is processing applications from patients with last names that start with A to L. Patients with names starting with M to Z will have to wait until Nov. 1 before applying. Details about Illinois medical marijuana program can be accessed at http://mcpp.illinois.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Colorado’s Supreme Court will review whether employers can dismiss employees who use medical marijuana. This is after Brandon Coats sued his former employer Dish Network for dismissing him in 2010 after a test showed he used marijuana.

Coats, who worked at Dish Network as a telephone operator, was crippled as a teenager following an automobile accident.

“I use marijuana at nighttime and just a little bit gets my spasms to where my body’s not going out of control,” says Coats.

Junior courts in Colorado have supported Dish Network’s stance as the dismissal adhered to a policy that regards marijuana illegal as stated in the federal law.

Though Colorado has legalized both recreational and medical use of marijuana, the state doesn’t compel employers to permit its use. However, Coats’ lawyer cites a Colorado law dubbed the “Lawful Activities” statute that prevents an employer from sacking a worker for partaking in lawful activities off the business premises during non-working hours. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit

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