Committee Approves Illinois Medical Marijuana Program

Published 07/15 2014 06:22PM

Updated 07/15 2014 06:22PM

Rules for the new medical marijuana program in Illinois have been approved by a legislative committee, bringing legal marijuana another step closer to reality.

Last year, the state legislature approved a four year pilot project, but the rules for that project were just approved today. That means the state agencies in charge of the program can start posting applications for a limited number of growers and retail permits.

Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Illinois. But the law does list dozens of medical diagnoses that can qualify a patient to use medical pot. Cancer, muscular dystrophy, and HIV are taken into consideration.

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