State Agency Outlines Medical Marijuana Rules

State Agency Outlines Medical Marijuana Rules

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

A new Illinois law has legalized medical marijuana, but until regulations are final, patients still can’t use cannabis without risking arrest.

Under the proposal, patients would pay $150 a year to apply for a medical marijuana photo ID card. They also would pay for their own fingerprinting for a background check. Some disabled patients could pay a lower fee of $75 a year.

Medical marijuana supporters are reacting.

Chris Lindsey of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington says the $150 annual fee for patients is burdensome. He says states like Michigan charge less and generate big surpluses.

But he applauds Illinois for proposing an advisory board to review petitions for adding medical conditions to the list approved for marijuana.

Jim Champion is an Illinois veteran with multiple sclerosis. He says he’s concerned that patients and caregivers can’t get medical marijuana cards if they have firearm owners ID cards because of state and federal laws.

Recent Headlines

in Viral Videos

WATCH: ‘The Walking Dead’ gets the ‘Friends’ treatment


What if the hit TV show used a more upbeat opening theme song?

in Music

Taylor Swift dominates American Music Awards nominations


Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Luke Bryan, Maroon 5, Drake, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Sam Smith are among the artists competing for an AMA trophy.

in Music

Bobby Brown working on ‘unvarnished’ memoir


Get ready for a "raw and unvarnished" memoir by Bobby Brown.

in Entertainment

Another George R.R. Martin TV adaptation is in the works


"Game of Thrones" author George R.R. Martin is throwing his support behind a planned TV adaptation of his 1988 novel "The Skin Trade."

in Music

One Direction teases fans with new track names


We are still five weeks away from One Direction's new album, and we're already finding out the names of our new favorite songs we've never heard.