ILLINOIS: As Illinois’ new medical marijuana program gets underway, potential patients, growers and retailers have questions. State officials plan to hold three town hall meetings across Illinois to provide answers, particularly about the application process, which starts next month.
Multiple sclerosis patient Marla Levi of Buffalo Grove plans to apply for the required ID card so she can buy marijuana legally from a state-approved dispensary. She’s found that the drug helps relieve the rigidity in her legs, she said. She wants to attend one of the meetings to get more information.
“This is my first question: When will I actually be able to have medical marijuana in my hands?” Levi said. The best guess from state officials is sometime next year. The Illinois law doesn’t allow patients to grow their own marijuana. A limited number of cultivation permits will be issued to businesses around the state.
Growers and retailers are still pacing at the starting line, awaiting the opening of a competitive two-week application process, expected to start Sept. 8.