At least 2,000 individuals applied for Illinois medical marijuana registration cards in the initial three days since the registration process kicked off, exceeding the forecasted number of applicants, state officials revealed on Friday.
State agencies started receiving electronic applications on Tuesday from patients with last names that begin with letter A to L. Registration for this group of applicants is expected to conclude on Oct. 31, reported Chicago Sun-Times.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said that it had expected a few hundred applicants to submit their application in the first few days, though it didn’t detail how many applicants it had projected.
“This is a promising sign that the program is on track to fulfill its key purpose — alleviating the pain and suffering for thousands of Illinoisans,” Bob Morgan, the head of Illinois’ medical cannabis pilot program, told the press.
Other applicants will start applying in November and December, while any caregivers and patients can also apply beginning in 2015. Prospective applicants are required to have a background check, obtain a written recommendation from a licensed physician and fork out $100 annually to obtain the medical marijuana card. Veterans and disabled individuals are expected to part with $50 per year.
Last year, Illinois approved a law that paved the way for a four-year pilot program that is set to expire in 2017. However, marijuana plants are yet to be cultivated in the state, with state officials saying the first products will be available in 2015.
Illinois is set to start accepting applications on Monday from businesses that wish to cultivate medical marijuana and dispensaries for the few permits that are up for the grabs.To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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