SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Pat Quinn will not award licenses for cultivating medical marijuana before his term ends.
The Democrat did sign into law tougher penalties for violations of the state's new medical marijuana law.
Quinn was expected to issue licenses before leaving office. But spokesman Grant Klinzman says they "shouldn't be rushed out last minute."
Democratic state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie sponsored the legislation and criticized the governor's inaction. Lang says sick people need to have access to pain-relieving marijuana.
The bill Quinn signed on Monday allows state regulators to impose penalties such as fines for violating the medical marijuana law. Previously they could only revoke licenses.
It also tightens criminal background checks for patients, caregivers and growers.