Illinois Legislative Committee Pass Rules on State Medical Marijuana Program

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Illinois Legislative Committee Pass Rules on State Medical Marijuana ProgramA legislative committee in Illinois on Tuesday approved regulations for the state’s medical marijuana program, paving the way for prospective retailers and growers to apply for licenses.

A state law that was enacted in 2013 laid the groundwork for a 4-year pilot project expiring in 2017, though no marijuana plant has ever been cultivated yet. However, since the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has approved the regulations, the state agencies in charge of administering the program can now approve a limited number of retailer and grower licenses, reported the Sacramento Bee.

The patients will now be able to obtain the identification cards allowing them to access the drug beginning on September. The Illinois Department of Public Health intends to process applications from patients whose last names range from A to L in September-October period, and the M to Z later in November to December. Washington, D.C.-based lobby group The Marijuana Policy Project projects at least 10,000 patients to sign up for program in Illinois.

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Patients must part with $100 annually in order to obtain the medical marijuana registration card. Veterans and disabled individuals will fork out $50 per year. The patients who access treatment in Veterans Affairs hospitals will access the marijuana card easily. Nonetheless, VA physicians as federal workers aren’t allowed to prescribe controlled substances hence veterans who intend to access VA care will not require a physician to sign off on their card application.

Diseases that qualify a patient to access medical marijuana under Illinois law include Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, HIV, cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy, glaucoma among others. Recreational use of marijuana remains prohibited under Illinois law. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com