Medical Marijuana Rules Get Illinois Committee OK

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By Associated Press

UPDATED 3:35 p.m. TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Skokie Democrat who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana legislation is praising state officials and Gov. Pat Quinn for moving deliberately on regulations for the program.

Rules approved Tuesday mean would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits. The first legal marijuana could be sold sometime next year.

The sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Lou Lang, says some patients have been anxious about the pace. But Lang thinks it's been reasonable. He credits "an involved governor's office" for getting rules approved in slightly more than six months after the law took effect.

Medical cannabis program coordinator Bob Morgan says interested patients should start talking with their doctors about the program. The Illinois State Medical Society is helping its members learn about the law and the medical uses of marijuana.

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ORIGINAL STORY

CHICAGO (AP) - Rules for Illinois' new medical cannabis program have been approved by a legislative committee, bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patients.

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the regulations at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago.

A law enacted last year authorized a four-year pilot project that will expire in 2017. So far, not a single marijuana seed has been planted. But now that rules have been approved, the state agencies running the program can start posting applications for a limited number of grower and retailer permits.

The Marijuana Policy Project estimates more than 10,000 patients could eventually sign up in Illinois.

The rules approved Tuesday will now be filed with the Secretary of State and published in the Illinois Register.

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http://mcpp.illinois.gov

 

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