Illinois medical marijuana: $100 for patient card

Illinois medical marijuana: $100 for patient card

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois regulators crafting the first rules for the state’s new medical marijuana industry have lowered patient fees and deleted a section that angered gun owners.

Patients would pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card in Illinois under the revised preliminary rules unveiled Friday for the state’s four-year pilot medical marijuana program. Disabled people and veterans would pay $50 annually.

The fees were reduced from those first suggested by the Illinois Department of Public Health following complaints from patients.

Guns overshadowed other issues when the draft regulations were introduced in January. Some patients said they would continue use marijuana illegally rather than give up their firearms owners ID cards, as the rules first required.

The public has 45 days to comment on the draft rules.

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