The state of Illinois announced that the proposed rules for implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act have been published in the Illinois Register.

The new draft rules include changes from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois Department of Revenue, and will be available for an additional 45 days of public comment until the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) begins its review.

Over the past several months, the state has heard from people with chronic illnesses, business entrepreneurs, medical cannabis advocates, municipalities and others commenting on the draft proposed rules.

“We’ve ensured a transparent rule-making process by offering the public a chance to weigh-in on the proposed medical cannabis rules, even before seeking legislative approval,” said Bob Morgan, IDPH General Counsel and statewide program coordinator. “The rules make sure Illinois has the nation’s strictest safeguards to prevent abuse, while offering relief and help to eligible patients to ease their suffering.”

Sandy Champion, wife of veteran Jim Champion of the 101st Airborne who was struck with multiple sclerosis, said the state has worked hard and diligently in drafting the new proposed rules. “Jim and I are pleased with the changes to the proposed rules, especially with the reduction in patient and caregiver fees, and the addition of veterans. We are also pleased that the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee has been expanded to include more patients, as well as a veteran.”

“While the Marijuana Policy Project will continue to suggest comments and changes to improve the pilot program, we applaud several significant improvements in the departments’ proposed rules, including a lower application fee for seriously ill patients,” said Chris Lindsey, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project.

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