Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said on Tuesday that he would never have signed the state’s new medical marijuana law and wondered why the application procedure for businesses that want to cultivate and distribute the drug isn’t transparent enough.
Rauner lambasted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for signing the law, which he said facilitates a “secret process” of issuing the limited number of business permits. The law provides for a maximum of 60 dispensaries and 21 licenses that will be awarded by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Businesses that want to register to grow or distribute medical marijuana began applying for the licenses on Sept. 8, with the deadline due on Sept. 22.
“I didn’t support it, I didn’t advocate for it,” said Rauner when asked whether he backs the medical marijuana law, according to the Chicago Tribune. “If we’re going to have this process, we should do it open, transparent.”
A committee of 6 state employees each drawn of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture is set to evaluate the applications. State officials said the names of the applicants will be erased in order to ensure impartiality.
Rauner advocated for a public auction that ensures interested companies can bid for the medical marijuana grow or distribution licenses for a specified period of time.
At least 2,000 individuals have registered to obtain the medical marijuana IDs in the state in the first week since the application window kicked off, state officials said earlier in September. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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