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Medical Marijuana program closer to reality

Medical Marijuana Dispensary RIllinois’ Medical Cannabis Pilot Program began accepting patient applications for licenses to purchase medicinal marijuana earlier this month. Patients with specific illnesses and a certification from their long-time doctor can now submit applications to the Illinois Department of Public Health to obtain a medical marijuana card, allowing them to purchase medical marijuana from a state-sanctioned dispensary.

Applicants with last names beginning “A” through “L and their caregivers could begin registering with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program as of September 2 and may continue to do so through October 31.  Patients with last names beginning with “M” through “Z” may apply from Nov. 1 until Dec. 31. After the initial enrollment period, any interested patient will be able to register for the program at any time.

Drug Take-Back Day allows safe, legal med disposal

scripdrug-disposalOn Saturday, September 27, you can dispose of leftover, unneeded and expired prescription drugs in a manner that is safe for the community and the environment.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day makes collection sites available nationwide for consumers to drop off all solid forms of unwanted medication. The take-back event is free and anonymous.

Chicago part of Cities for Citizenship program

citizenship092514Chicago recently joined LA and New York in an initiative encouraging legal immigrants to become citizens.

Citigroup is making a $1.1 million contribution for the expansion of the naturalization programs in these three cities as a part of the Cities for Citizenship program.

Naturalization leads to an array of opportunities. It allows new citizens to gain access to better jobs, academic scholarships and other benefits, while the cities they live in benefit from their economic contributions.

Read the Chicago Tribune article.

Illinois celebrates American Business Women’s Day

women-workingOver 30 years ago, Illinois native President Ronald Reagan proclaimed that women make significant contributions to the American economy. He believed women made the country internationally competitive. He honored women’s rising role in the workforce by naming September 22 American Business Women’s Day.

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