Remember medical marijuana? By the time anybody in Illinois fills a legal prescription for it, it'll be 2015. That year-and-more ramp-up was built into the four-year pilot program, which was three years in earlier versions of the bill.

Right now, the state is about to make applications available to be one of the 21 growers – that's one grower per State Police district, as well as 60 dispensaries.

 

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How will the state measure the success of the program?

“Really, it's going to be a factor of whether people's lives are better; whether we're enriching the lives of those that are suffering from debilitating medical conditions – the pain and nausea,” said program coordinator Bob Morgan. “If that's going to be a success, that's going to be my benchmark, personally.”

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