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Medical marijuana rules in Illinois released

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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.

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