Illinois Medical Pot Law Is Everything But Compassionate

When Quinn on Aug. 1, 2013, signed what officially is known as the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, an oxymoron given what would transpire over the next 17 months, he made Illinois the 23rd state with a medical marijuana law on its books.

It capped years of effort by sufferers of numerous chronic diseases to persuade Illinois lawmakers that marijuana provided them relief where prescription drugs failed.

At his first press conference after becoming governor, Rauner reiterated his suspicion of the licensing process for growers and dispensaries. He also said he was committed to seeing the law put into action.

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