Rules for medical marijuana proposed


Andrew S. Avitt / Photographer Some rules regarding medical marijuana in Illinois have been released.

Andrew S. Avitt / Photographer
Some rules regarding medical marijuana in Illinois have been released.

According to the Associated Press, three state agencies released the draft for proposed regulations for the Illinois medical marijuana pilot program in early February.

The agencies involved include the departments of Revenue, Agriculture, and Financial and Professional Regulation. The draft can be found online on The Illinois Department of Public Health website and addresses how dispensaries and cultivation centers will be regulated and taxed. The department will also hold an informal public gathering Feb. 27 before submitting the proposal to the state.

In order to qualify for an ID card, patients 21 and older will have to submit a physician written note to the Illinois Department of Public of Health. The physician’s note must state that the patient will receive therapeutic and palliative health benefits from cannabis.

Patients will also have to be fingerprinted, undergo a background check and pay a $150 fee for a special photo ID. Common conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sclerosis and Alzheimer’s would qualify.

According to Illinois pilot program act, unlike other states, general “pain” is not a qualified condition.  Patients must also have a binding relationship with their doctor said, Assistant Director of Illinois Chapter of National Organization to Reform Marihuana Laws (NORMAL) Ali Nagib.

Nagib additionally said that doctors would be reluctant to go into the business because they are uneducated about the subject. In response, he also said that in reality doctors would not lose their license, even though the rules here are stricter than out west.

According to AP, there is a $25,000 nonrefundable application fee for anybody interested in operating a marijuana cultivation center. One person or group would not be allowed to obtain more than three cultivation and five dispensary permits. The state will begin to accept applications in the fall according to the Department of Agriculture website.

Furthermore, there will be only 60 dispensaries in the state and they will have to abide by strict zoning laws. Local governments would also be allowed to charge dispensary and center fees.

“We can expect to see patients having access to dispensaries in spring, late summer,” Nagib said.

2 Responses

  1. Shepherd Yerusalem

    The ONLY thing dangerous about marijuana are the cops who shoot people for having it:

    Number of American deaths per year that result directly or primarily from the following selected causes nationwide, according to World Almanacs, Life Insurance Actuarial (death) Rates, and the last 20 years of U.S. Surgeon Generals’ reports.

    TOBACCO – 340,000 to 450,000

    ALCOHOL  (Not including 50% of all highway deaths and 65% of all murders) – 150,000+

    ASPIRIN  (Including deliberate overdose) – 180 to 1,000+

    CAFFEINE  (From stress, ulcers, and triggering irregular heartbeats, etc.) – 1,000 to 10,000

    “LEGAL” DRUG OVERDOSE  (Deliberate or accidental) from legal, prescribed or patent medicines and/or mixing with alcohol – e.g. Valium/alcohol – 14,000 to 27,000

    ILLICIT DRUG OVERDOSE – (Deliberate or accidental) from all illegal drugs – 3,800 to 5,200

    MARIJUANA – 0 

    (**Marijuana users also have the same or LOWER incidence of murders and highway deaths and accidents than the general NON-marijuana using population as a whole.** Cancer Study, UCLA; U.S. Funded ($6 million), First & Second Jamaican Studies, 1968 to 1974; Costa Rican Studies, 1980 to 1982; et al. LOWEST TOXICITY 100% of the studies done at dozens of American universities and research facilities show pot toxicity does not exist. Medical history does not record anyone dying from an overdose of marijuana (UCLA, Harvard, Temple, etc.)

    Accordingly a 1993 study done by the U.S. Department of Transportation came to the same conclusion as the above concerning marijuana and driving safety:

    “Marijuana, administered in a dose of 100 µg THC per kg of whole body weight…did not significantly change mean driving performance as measured…” – U.S Department of Transportation: Marijuana and Actual Driving Performance DOT HS 808 078

    The fact is people who use marijuana reflexes are not effected in a negative way and they become more conscious of safety, sometimes refusing to even drive.

    Marijuana is a plant with a safety record second to none.

    Anyone who would like to dispute these FACTS, point to a death that involves marijuana and nothing but marijuana, or hold your tongue.

    • David Shaw

      I would like to point out a traffic accident a year ago in my home town of Decatur. The driver had been smoking marijuana, all be it at higher “dosage” than the test you mentioned, and was so relaxed by it he missed a stoplight at a major intersection. He survived, but the people in the car he hit didn’t.


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