Medical marijuana has gotten off to a slow start in Illinois, so one state lawmaker wants to push back the finish line. The four-year pilot program is set to end on December 31, 2017, but no one has legally grown, sold, or bought medical cannabis since the law went into effect over than a year ago. State Rep. Lou Lang is introducing legislation to move back the program’s end date to four years from the date when the first dispensaries are registered with the state. Without an extension, Lang fears legalized medical cannabis may become too expensive.
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“The entrepeneurs who won these licenses will set prices at a place where they can make their money back of their investment, and of course, the shorter the program, the higher the prices.” Lang said. “If patients have to go out on the street to buy the product cheaper, the program will fail.”
Whether Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has said he’s opposed to medical marijuana, would agree to the extension is another issue. Lang says if Rauner asked him to shorten the extension, from four years down to three, he’d consider it.