More delay for medical marijuana licenses! Yes, it was the case in Illinois when Pat Quinn left from the governor’s office without giving medical pot business licenses. The move has drawn criticisms from the marijuana advocates as well as patients who are waiting to get medical marijuana treatment. Now, the people have to wait for incoming Governor Bruce Rauner to consider the matter. He will finalize which businesses will get the license for cultivation and sales of medical cannabis.
Quinn approved the medical marijuana pilot program in 2013. The state agencies completed the drafting work of rules and the other requirements of the application process last year. As per the approved law, both the patients and businesses were eligible to submit their application. Also, the state can give licenses for up to 60 retail pot outlets and 21 growing facilities. Before it, the agencies need to evaluate the business and security plans of applicants.
Expressing his disappointment, Jim Champion said that he was crushed by the decision. He is an Army veteran suffering from multiple sclerosis. Not only patients, but reputed trade groups like ‘The Illinois Cannabis Industry Association’ also were disappointed with Quinn’s decision. Rep. Lou Lang, who sponsored the legislation, was also not happy with the way Quinn handled the matter. He said that the patients suffering from epilepsy and cancer will have to face more problems as the governor fail to complete his job.
The licensing process can take more time as Rauner has condemned the selection process done to shortlist the people. He said that the process was secretive. He advocated auctioning of pot business license to the highest bidders. However, he has to follow the rules of existing law while awarding the licenses. If he wants any changes, he has to propose them in front of legislation.
As of now, the state has given permits to just 650 patients.