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Several changes made to Illinois' medical marijuana rules

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A new, revised set of proposed rules for Illinois' Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program were released Friday with several changes to policy.

The draft rules will be available for public perusal and comment for 45 days at www.mcpp.illinois.gov before the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules starts its review of the program.

"We've ensured a transparent rulemaking process by offering the public a chance to weigh-in on the proposed medical cannabis rules, even before seeking legislative approval," Illinois Department of Public Health General Counsel and statewide program coordinator, Bob Morgan, said. "The rules make sure Illinois has the nation's strictest safeguards to prevent abuse, while offering relief and help to eligible patients to relieve their suffering."

The following changes were made:

  • Cultivation Centers:
    • Drop from 22 to 21 cultivation centers: The Act calls for one center for each Illinois State Police District, but since District 15 covers the Tollway, that center was dropped
    • IDOA to inspect each facility at least weekly with live security video feeding to IDOA and ISP
    • Single-stage application process includes $25,000 non-refundable application fee, proof of $500,000 in liquid assets and documentation meeting selection and optional bonus criteria. Applications to be scored by team selected by IDOA.
  • Dispensaries:
    • Rules defining residential zoning areas to address dispensary location concerns of some cities and counties: IDFPR to permit up to 60 dispensaries around the state, one entity can get permits in up to five districts
    • Two-stage application process includes $5,000 non-refundable application fee, proof of $400,000 in liquid assets and documentation meeting selection and optional bonus criteria. Applications to be scored by team selected by IDOA.
  • Patients & Caregivers:
    • Reduced registration fees to $100 for eligible patients, $50 for patients on Social Security Insurance and Social Security Disability Insurance, and veterans, $25 for caregivers
    • Language regarding FOID card and medical cannabis identification cards removed - state will continue to examine how the state's medical marijuana laws and firearm laws interact with federal firearm laws
    • Expanded 15-member advisory committee adding qualifying patients (including a veteran), a healthcare provider, and nurses or nurse practitioners with experience with medical marijuana patients to review petitions to recommend adding qualifying medical conditions twice a year.
    • Rules clarifying physician written certification language and pre-operation cultivation center inspections
  • Taxes:
    • Cultivators to pay seven percent privilege tax on sales to dispensaries and patients/caregivers will pay a one percent sales tax

 

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