Elgin residents ready for medical marijuana cards – Elgin Courier News

ELGIN — Now that the city council has cleared the way for a medical marijuana dispensary to apply for one of two available Kane County slots, residents here say they hope Elgin gets one of those licenses.For James Halik, the hope is that medical marijuana can help with the migraine headaches he’s suffered since he was 10 years old, and the lupus and fibromyalgia he was diagnosed with more recently.Hollyce Mack said that she’s been using marijuana for several years to deal with the nausea caused by her epilepsy.Both said they have used cannabis in the past to help with symptoms, with varying degrees of success.According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, approximately 6,300 Illinois residents have started the patient registration process for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program since the department began accepting applications on Sept. 2. Of those, the state has received approximately 800 complete applications.The state health department began issuing approval and/or denial letters two weeks ago. Registration cards will be mailed before dispensaries open, the state agency said.As of Oct. 2, there have been 159 cultivation center applications for 22 available locations. Kane County has had 14 applications thus far for the two dispensary licenses that will be allowed here.The Elgin-based application is from Salveo Health & Wellness, LLC — a business started by Chicago attorney and entrepreneur Alex Thiersch and Rockford native and businessman John Dohm — and Garden 6 Joint Venture LGP to locate in a unit at 1330 Crispin Drive. The city council voted 6-3 this week to approve the application.It just makes sense, Halik said, that the state would place a dispensary in Elgin. He thinks Aurora and Elgin — being the two largest cities in the county and on either end …read more