The proposed rules for medical marijuana are now available for public comment. The rules have been tweaked since they were first published in February, including a cut in the fee for a medical marijuana ID card from $150 to $100, the removal of a ban on FOID card holders being authorized for medical pot, and the removal of District 15 as a State Police district that can have a growing operation.
“There are actually four sets of rules that concern the Illinois medical cannabis program. The Department of Public Health, the Department of Revenue, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and then the Department of Agriculture – all four departments have filed rules, and it now goes through a 45-day public comment period,” says Melaney Arnold, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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In about three months, the rules will be examined by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which is a body of eight members of the General Assembly, to make sure the rules comport with what lawmakers intended. If the committee approves, the process of licensing growers, dispensers and patients will begin mid-summer.