Medical marijuana sales rise in Illinois to start 2016

CHICAGO (AP) – Medical marijuana sales in Illinois picked up in January as more dispensaries opened around the state. Program director Joseph Wright announced Tuesday that patients legally purchased more than $1.2 million in marijuana last month. Seven new dispensaries joined the program, bringing the total to 28 shops as of Tuesday. Wright says retailers…

New law imposes fine for minors possessing e-cigarettes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Anyone under 18 who’s caught with electronic cigarettes or other tobacco-free nicotine products would face a fine or community service under a new Illinois law. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation last week that imposes penalties for minors who possess e-cigarettes. State Sen. Julie Morrison sponsored the measure. The Deerfield Democrat says…