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Illinois: Judge Rules Search Illegal In St. Charles Brothers Marijuana Case

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Members of an Illinois State Police special unit found marijuana and an indoor grow operation in a St. Charles home in December 2015 after responding to an anonymous tip.

A judge has ruled, however, that the seized contraband cannot be used in the case against Derek Sutcliffe, 31, and his brother Joseph W. Sutcliffe, 27. Kane County judge Linda Abrahamson ruled Wednesday to suppress evidence in the case, because the search violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure, she said.

"It was a very thorough ruling, well thought out and she followed the law," defense attorney Kathleen Colton said of the ruling by Abrahamson.

Abrahamson ruled members of the North Central Narcotics Task Force, a unit of the state police, did not have permission from a woman who answered the door to go beyond the foyer at the home on of Denker Road in St. Charles.

She also ruled officers did not have cause to perform a protective sweep of the home in which they saw a backpack of marijuana in a closet and later used that information to get the warrant.

Illinois: Medical Marijuana Now Legal - But Where Are The Authorizing Physicians?

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Now that medical marijuana has come to Illinois, how can qualified patients get authorized to legally use it? That can be a problem when physicians willing to certify patients for the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program are problematically scarce, according to a new study.

In a week-long study conducted by De Paul University students, 294 physician offices were contacted from a list provided on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's physician profile search, and asked whether or not their practitioners would be certifying patients for the medical use of marijuana in Illinois.

The offices ranged from small family practices with only one physician, to large hospitals with hundreds of physicians practicing in one field. The offices were located throughout Illinois including the counties: Cook, Kane, Will, DuPage, Kankakee, Peoria, Sangamon, Winnebago, McHenry, Effingham, Marion, Kendall and Union.

Half of the physicians contacted were primary care physicians, while half were specialists in the fields of gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, neurology, pain management, infectious disease and rheumatology.

Despite the broad variety of physicians contacted as part of the study, the results yielded an overwhelming answer of "NO" to patients seeking medical marijuana recommendations.

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