Preliminary Medical Marijuana Rules Released



A new Illinois law legalized medical marijuana, but until regulations are final, patients still can't use cannabis without risking arrest. One state agency is giving patients a first look at its proposed rules. It's an initial step toward sorting out how medical use of marijuana will work in the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health posted 48 pages of draft rules Tuesday.

Under the proposal, patients would pay $150 a year to apply for a medical marijuana photo ID card. They also would pay for their own fingerprinting for a background check. Some disabled patients could pay a lower fee of $75 a year.

Rules for dispensaries and cultivation centers are still being drafted.

Proposed Rules: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Documents/DPH%20medical%20cannabis_DRAFT%20proposed%20rule%2001%2021%2014.pdf

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