Q&A: With medical marijuana, new jobs, attitudes

The Associated Press

 

CHICAGO — Patients with serious illnesses such as cancer will be able to legally use medical marijuana in Illinois when a new law takes effect next year. But that’s not the only change the state is likely to see.

The 19 other states that already legalized the medical use of marijuana also saw thousands of new jobs and shifting attitudes about the drug, says Robert Calkin, a longtime medical marijuana advocate and president and founder of the Cannabis Career Institute. Calkin was in Illinois for a series of seminars for entrepreneurs interested in working in the industry. He spoke with The Associated Press about what Illinois can expect as its law rolls out in 2014. This is an edited transcript.

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