According to the Chicago Tribune, The state ( Of Illinois) will license 22 growers, one for each State Police district, as well as up to 60 dispensing centers to be spread across the state. Exactly where those growers and sellers could locate will be up to state regulators. Local communities could enforce strict zoning laws, but they could not prevent a grower or dispensary from setting up shop in town.
Growers and dispensaries will be charged a 7 percent "privilege tax," which will be used to enforce the medical marijuana law. Patients will be charged a 1 percent tax for purchasing pot, the same rate that applies to pharmaceuticals. Additionally, growers and dispensaries would be banned from donating to political campaigns.
According to Yahoo News, CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois became the 20th state in the nation to allow the medical use of marijuana Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn signing some of the nation's toughest standards into law.
The measure, which takes effect Jan. 1, sets up a four-year pilot program for state-regulated dispensaries and 22 so-called cultivation centers, where the plants will be grown.
What Would The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Do?
Sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang, HB 30 would create a limited exception to Illinois’ criminal laws to permit the doctor-advised medical use of cannabis by patients with serious medical conditions.
- Decriminalizing Patient Use:
A patient is granted protection from arrest only if his or her physician certifies, in writing, that the patient has a specified debilitating medical condition and that the patient would receive therapeutic benefit from medical cannabis. The patient would send a copy of the written certification to the Illinois Department of Public Health (DPH), and DPH would issue an ID card after verifying the information. Patients would only be able to obtain a recommendation from a physician who is treating them for the underlying qualifying condition and with whom the patient has a “bona fide physician-patient relationship.” This would prevent doctors from specializing or practicing exclusively in providing recommendations, as has happened in other states.
- Qualifying Medical Conditions
Unlike previous versions of the bill, there is no general category for “pain.” The specific conditions included in HB 30 are: cancer; glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; hepatitis C; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Crohn's disease; agitation of Alzheimer's disease; cachexia/wasting syndrome; muscular dystrophy; severe fibromyalgia; spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis; Tarlov cysts; hydromyelia; syringomyelia; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome; multiple sclerosis; Arnold Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia;Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA); Parkinson’s disease; Tourette’s syndrome; Myoclonus; Dystonia; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD); Causalgia; Neurofibromatosis; Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy; Sjogren’s syndrome; Lupus; Interstitial Cystitis; Myasthenia Gravis; Hydrocephalus; nail patella syndrome; or the treatment of these conditions.