MCHENRY COUNTY, IL — McHenry County dispensaries will become the first in the country required to post warnings that warn pot buyers of the mental health risks associated with regular marijuana use.
The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office “felt compelled” to take actions to push for the now required changes at local dispensaries after “taking stock of the fallout from cannabis legalization locally.”
In 2022, McHenry County’s suicides doubled, with cannabis — not alcohol — being the common drug found in the blood samples of those who’d taken their own lives, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a statement Friday. In addition, hospitalizations for mental health disorder and suicidal ideation have increased significantly since 2020.
In addition, about half of recent murders “involve cannabis-induced psychosis” and cannabis DUIS have doubled, Kenneally said.
In Kenneally’s statement, he provided more insight into the changes: “To avoid a consumer fraud action, McHenry County cannabis dispensaries will be required to warn customers of the mental health dangers associated with use, including psychosis, depression, and suicidal ideation as part of a settlement. McHenry dispensaries will be the first in the country to post such warnings. Dispensaries will also be prohibited from