Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois.
Without discussion, Illinois’ Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved regulations for the medical marijuana pilot program. But first, buyers and sellers need to apply with various state agencies.
Still Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie says it might not be until 2015 before patients can legally use marijuana for treatment.
"While the patients are the most important part of this. Their licenses and their permits to purchase the product aren’t quite necessary yet and so it’s important that these other parts be rolled out as quickly as possible."
The first round of patients are expected to begin registering for certification in September. Lang says the state still needs to approve how they’ll vet business applicants.
He estimates potential growers and distributors could start applying for a limited number of permits as soon as the next 30 days. The 4-year pilot program is due to expire in 2017.