CHICAGO — While traditional businesses are closing their doors in Illinois and moving to neighboring states, being the first state in the midwest to legalize medical pot has attracted a whole new array of entrepeneurs.
Monday, a public hearing on Illinois' new medical marijuana program turned into an informal networking session with would-be growers, retailers and patients collecting business cards and sharing trade secrets, AP is reporting.
About 200 people listened as two dozen testified in response to proposed rules for the state's four-year pilot program. Pharmacists said they should be involved. Patients asked for lower fees. A businessman promoted a Colorado company's expertise in growing and selling.