Illinois’ medical marijuana program is ripe for corruption, according to the Republican candidate for governor. Bruce Rauner wants the application process changed for companies vying for dispensary and cultivator licenses. Under the current law, the names of applicants won’t be made public. Rauner claims that opens the process to cronyism and patronage.
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“Something stinks and it’s not the marijuana,” Rauner said at a news conference Tuesday in Chicago. “This process is so overtly corrupt, so indefensible, that it would make Rod Blagojevich blush.” Rauner also says he would’ve vetoed the medical marijuana law.
The governor’s office is defending the process, which it calls one of the most rigorous in the country. A panel of state officials from the state’s Department of Agriculture and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will evaluate those applications with the applicants’ names blacked out. The governor’s office claims that will ensure companies are selected based on merit.