Public hearing explores rules to handle medical marijuana

How to handle medical marijuana. Another public hearing is being held Monday on proposed rules for the medical marijuana pilot program in Illinois.

Those testifying before a panel of the Illinois Department of Public Health expressed their concerns over rules and regulations set up when the law was enacted.

A pharmacist wanted the rules applied for cannabis just as they are for other controlled substances.

Others were concerned about the process, fearing the first doses won’t be on the market for more than a year, while patients wait.

Others were concerned about the fees and costs associated with the dispensing of cannabis.

Another hearing will be held on May 21, in Springfield.

It is referred to as a ‘pilot program’ because the law is scheduled to expire in 2017, unless the Illinois legislature agrees to extend the law.

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