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Chicago’s First Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens in Wicker Park

Good Intentions will start accepting patients Aug. 7, making it mostly likely the first medical marijuana clinic in the state after Gov. Quinn signed the legislation Thursday.

Marijuana, stock image | Credit: Flickr Creative Commons
Marijuana, stock image | Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

Just moments after Gov. Pat Quinn made Illinois the 20th state to legalize marijuana, a Wicker Park business has already come out of the woodwork declaring itself Chicago’s first medical marijuana clinic.

Located at 1723 N. Ashland Ave. near I-94, Good Intentions plans to start accepting its first patients on Friday. Clinic president Tammy Jacobi says although the law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, she’ll still be here supporting interested parties.

"I anticipate that the State of Illinois will be using the next few months to sort out regulations and implementation of the program before the new law takes effect in January,” Jacobi told NBC Chicago. "In the meantime, we encourage patients to contact us and learn more about how to become an Illinois medical marijuana patient."

Although the law takes affect in January, Illinois regulators could finish finalizing all the rules sometime next summer.

That includes needing to suffer from one of 42 illnesses—including cancer or HIV—and patients must have a medical relationship with their doctor, the Chicago Tribune writes.

That’s where Jacobi hopes to come in, by starting to create relationships with patients in Wicker Park until the state is given the green light. The law will allow them to buy up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana over two weeks, an amount the Tribune points out is enough to fill two small sandwich bags.

Jacobi says she’s hoping to erect a billboard on the outside of her storefront by Labor Day, facing the Kennedy Expressway, Crain’s reports. The billboard would feature a picture of a name tag reading, “Hello, I’m Illinois Medical Marijuana.”

Cindy October 15, 2013 at 04:08 PM
I have ranted against marijuana for ten years online, writing tons of blogs, thousands of comments, even a BOOK on why we shouldn't use mind-altering drugs recreationally. I have always said I'm not opposed to MEDICAL marijuana, because that is a different issue. I have even been trying for two years to write an article on the benefits of medical marijuana. But I have yet to find a single decent person to interview to use as an example in my article! All the casual users rave about the medical benefits in order to justify getting high, and even the "medical" users I've talked to and seen online have been horrible, cussing me out, threatening me with death and bodily harm, attacking my religion, my looks, my sex life, making mean videos and websites about me, using lame excuses about how pot is safer than alcohol and cigarettes (as if THAT has anything to do with medical marijuana), telling me to educate myself, calling me ignorant and close-minded, etc. I have collected a huge folder filled with THOUSAND of comments and emails from "medical" users, supporters and growers who are just horrible. Even the "nice" ones don't get it. They honestly can't see why it's wrong and immature to use drugs recreationally, and they think pot should be legal for that. Now, after all this time, all I want to is write articles and make videos using all the comments and emails I have collected, to show what people are like. Doctors and lawmakers and voters need to be aware of this!
Charlie Towers November 08, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Why do you fight against the culture of drugs and alcohol?

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