State officials say safeguards are being put in place to ensure that the limited number of valuable licenses for medical marijuana businesses don’t go to just the politically connected.
They say that when applications for those licenses are scored, the reviewer won’t know the identity of the applicant.
Illinois hopes to license growing operations and dispensaries so patients can begin obtaining medical marijuana by early next year, but only if they have cash-in-hand. The coordinator of the medical cannabis pilot project here says medical marijuana is likely to be a cash-only business…because credit and debit card companies won’t process transactions for a drug that is still illegal under federal law.
It’s not known yet how much a dose of pot will cost when the program is implemented next spring.