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Your Weed or Your Gun?


Your Weed or Your Gun?

On January 1, marijuana was approved for medical use in the state of Illinois – but of course we know it will take some time for them to get their policies and procedures in order. CNN published an article this morning with a long list of proposed regulations. The Illinois Department of Public Health will take public comment on these rules until February 7 and then submit them to a legislative panel for approval by the end of April.

The gist:

Adults who have any of 41 specified medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS or complex regional pain syndrome, may apply to get a patient registry ID card to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every two weeks, unless a doctor prescribes more.

The proposed rules:

Adults 18 or over who want to qualify for a patient registry ID card must…

  • Submit to fingerprints and a background check

  • Pay a fee of $150/year

  • Give up their firearm(s), even if they carry the proper permits

  • Have a “bona fide” doctor who can truly vouch for the patient’s medical condition

  • Not be employed as a police officer, firefighter, or school bus or commercial driver

Patients would apply annually, and the state would have 180 days to approve or deny their applications.

And of course, the state of Illinois is still considering rules and regulations for where smoking marijuana will be acceptable, and how and where cultivation centers and dispensaries will be permitted to operate.

Let us know what you think of Illinois’ strict proposal in the Comments below or on our Facebook page!


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