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Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Approved, Patients Expected to Be Able to Use Medical Marijuana In 2015

marijuana-shutterstock_114904339-1000-ffccccccWhite-3333-0.20.3-1.pngMedical marijuana was not legalized in the state of Illinois until 2013 and the laws continue to move forward. Lawmakers met in Chicago today and approved rules for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, which means that would-be growers and dispensers can soon apply for permits. Medical patients are expected to be able to use medical cannabis in Illinoi sometime next year.

This process began in 2013, when a state law was enacted to authorize a four-year pilot project - the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program - which will expire in 2017. The Joint Committee of Administrative Rules signed off on the regulations so that state agencies can begin posting and receiving applications for a limited number of grower and retailer permits.

When will I be able to apply for a medical card in Illinois?

Now that the program is moving forward, patients will be able to apply for medical cannabis registry cards in September of 2014. State officials believe that medical marijuana will be available for sale in early 2015, if all goes according to plan.

Illinois was the 20th state to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes, followed recently by Maryland, Minnesota and New York, the latter of which legalized marijuana earlier this month.

For more information about the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot program, click here. You can also view the articles below to learn more about the progress of this law:

  • Chicago Sun Times - " Patients Could Start Using Medical Marijuana in Early 2015"
  • ABC - " Medical Marijuana Rules OK'd by Illinois Committee"

Consult a Drug Crime Attorney in DuPage County

While medical marijuana has technically been legalized in Illinois, legal growers and retailers are not yet up and running. Additionally, medical marijuana cards are not yet available. This means that you could still face criminal charges for marijuana possession.

Martin & Kent, L.L.C. provides solid drug crime defense in DuPage and Cook County. We know the law and can provide a seasoned criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights. Contact us today at (888) 388-9151 if you or someone you know is facing charges of marijuana possession. We can fight for you!

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