State makes applications for medical-pot licenses available

State makes applications for medical-pot licenses available

SPRINGFIELD — Patients and caregivers looking to enroll in the state’s medical marijuana pilot program can begin applying for a license Sept. 2.

The state made application materials available on its website at mcpp.illinois.gov on Friday. Patients and caregivers who wish to purchase prescription cannabis under the new state program will be allowed to submit those applications for the first time next month.

The state also made applications available Friday to people who want to open a cannabis dispensary or cultivation center. According to the website, officials anticipate the application period for people wanting to open a business will be between Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. A limited number of business licenses will be available.

State officials have scheduled three town hall meetings in different parts of the state to address any questions that might arise about the application forms. The central Illinois meeting will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 in the Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe St., Peoria.

Other meetings are scheduled on Aug. 14 in Collinsville and on Aug. 20 in Chicago.

A new state law making medical marijuana available to patients with a prescription went into effect Jan. 1.

Friday’s availability of the application forms marks another step in the early stages of setting up the four-year pilot program, which sunsets at the end of 2017.

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