Medical marijuana rules in Illinois released - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Medical marijuana rules in Illinois released

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

Illinois is rolling out its rules for medical marijuana.

The Illinois Department of Public Health posted draft guidelines for the program Tuesday.

The draft rules are the beginning of a process that's expected to take several months.

The state is now accepting public comment on them.

A final proposal will then be sent to a special commission of lawmakers, which can approve it or send it back.

The current proposal indicates the state will begin taking applications for medical marijuana ID cards in September.

It's unclear how long the approval process will take, and when marijuana dispensaries will actually open.

At first only paper applications will be taken, nothing online.

There's expected to be a flood of people applying.

Some of the rules included in the guidelines are as follows.

Patients would be fingerprinted and have a background check.

They'd also have to pay $150 a year and have a special photo ID to purchase marijuana.

A detail that is likely to be debated is, just as Illinois is starting to allow the concealed carry of guns, the proposal says anyone with a medical marijuana ID card should be disallowed from owning any kind of gun, even with a permit.

Other details include businesses and colleges would be allowed the choice of prohibiting medical marijuana.

To bring marijuana in a car, you'd have to put it in a sealed container kept away from anyone inside the car.

Additionally, drivers with marijuana cards would be required to take field sobriety tests if a police officer reasonably suspects they are impaired.

These are just proposed rules right now.

Illinois will start taking applications for medical marijuana permits this fall.

To comment on the proposed rules, visit state's website.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • HealthHealthMore>>

  • Losing the weight without cutting the butter

    Losing the weight without cutting the butter

    If you're trying to lose some weight, or lower your blood pressure, you may be trying to cut the fat out of your diet. Dietician Sylvia Melendez Klinger says some fat is good for you, even butter!
    If you're trying to lose some weight, or lower your blood pressure, you may be trying to cut the fat out of your diet. Dietician Sylvia Melendez Klinger says some fat is good for you, even butter!
  • Dr. Mona: Kids and codeine

    Dr. Mona: Kids and codeine

    Dr. Mona joined us on FOX 32 News at Noon to talk about what codeine is used for in children and why it may be dangerous.
    Dr. Mona joined us on FOX 32 News at Noon to talk about what codeine is used for in children and why it may be dangerous.
  • Drug samples may lead to more expensive prescriptions

    Drug samples may lead to more expensive prescriptions

    Have you ever received free samples of medication at your doctor's office? Dr. Mona Khanna talks about an eye-opening study about how doctors are influenced to prescribe expensive medication.
    Have you ever received free samples of medication at your doctor's office? Dr. Mona Khanna talks about an eye-opening study about how doctors are influenced to prescribe expensive medication.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices