ILLINOIS — Thursday at the University of Chicago Center for Care and Discovery, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state’s medical marijuana bill into law, with Illinois joining 19 other states and the District of Columbia that have legalized cannabis for patient use.
The law, which sets up a four-year trial program, doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1. After that, state regulators will spend months coming up with rules spelling out who gets to open the 22 marijuana growing operations across Illinois, which businesses get the 60 licenses to sell the finished product and how patients will get medical marijuana cards from doctors. [Read more…]