How Does Legalization Of Recreational Weed Affect Medical Cannabis Patients In Illinois?

January 16, 2020
 
This 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a dispensary in Oakland, California.

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

Jeff Chiu/AP (File photo)

Millions of dollars in sales of recreational marijuana this month means some dispensaries have experienced shortages of certain cannabis products.

How does all this affect the tens of thousands of people in Illinois who are licensed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes? And what other changes were made to the program under the new law?

We spoke with Kirsten Velasco, a medical cannabis patient in Schaumburg and outreach manager for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Community. Dr. Bruce Hertz, a doctor of internal medicine based in Niles, also joined us.