Illinois’ new governor says he wants to enforce Illinois’ laws and that includes the law for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will immerse himself in the law to understand what the complications are, but he does have some initial concerns.
“I have a concern, I expressed my concern during the campaign, that it looked like some folks had left the administration, they were playing lobbying roles, they were working with some of their friends to get some of these contracts,” he said. “I’m concerned about the process. I don’t think it’s been run well.”
The program expected to deliver permits for cultivation centers before the end of the year, but that deadline passed without any permits issued. Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn said the law is complicated and even suggested changes to the program including extending the sunset by two years. The program is set to expire at the end of 2018.
Greg Bishop is a reporter for the Illinois News Network.