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Medical Marijuana Likely A Year Away

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:46:43 CST
By: IPR's Paul Smith

Medical Marijuana Likely A Year Away Illinois' new medical marijuana law goes into effect tomorrow, but it will be a long time before patients can actually get their hands on legal weed. Medical marijuana won't be available to Illinois residents for months - probably not until next winter. First a trio of state agencies has 120 days to craft rules for people who want to get it, grow it or dispense it.   After that there will be a period for public comment, possible revisions and more public comment. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is in charge of monitoring the people who will be dispensing the medical marijuana. Spokeswoman Susan Hofer says the agency wants to be slow and careful.

   
"We don't want to look at some states where medical cannabis is for anyone who feels like it"

The agency has already cracked down on one doctor who was offering patients pre-approval for a 99 dollar fee. Hofer says people should stay away from any medical-marijuana-specific clinics; she says they aren't legal under the new law.
   

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