On Tuesday, Illinois officials revealed proposed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana pilot program. The 48-page document reveals the Department of Health’s proposal, and now the public has a chance to comment before the proposal is officially submitted to the state.
“We’re really excited about a really transparent process. It’s quite unprecedented for us to go through these steps,” Bob Morgan, coordinator of the state’s medical cannabis program, told the AP. The law gave the department until the end of April to write regulations, but the department is posting rules early to allow time for public comment, Morgan said.
Under the proposal, medical marijuana patients in Illinois qould be required to undergo a background check, be fingerprinted, and pay $150 annually for a medical marijuana identification card.
The proposed rules specify that a bona fide physician-patient relationship must go beyond a simple recommendation for medical cannabis or a consultation for that purpose. They list records that must be maintained by doctors and they allow the department to inspect cultivation centers.