Patients in Illinois may now get applications for medical marijuana online, though the requests cannot be officially submitted until later this year.
Applications are also available online for doctors and caregivers, and application information is posted for business owners to see how regulators will weigh who will be awarded licenses to operate in the state’s new medical marijuana industry.
Dispensary licenses will be awarded depending on a ratings system that places the greatest emphasis on business and operations plan, security, and record-keeping and inventory.
Cultivation center applications will be weighted toward the cultivation and security plans. Applicants must show whether their location meets all local zoning requirements, if they have applied for local zoning approval, or if there is no applicable zoning in place at their proposed site.
Officials will hold three public meetings around the state to answer questions about the process.
The Chicago-area hearing will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Northeastern Illinois University, Alumni Hall (North), Student Union Building, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago.
Patients with last names beginning with A through L may submit their applications from Sept. 2 through Oct. 31 of this year.
Patients with last names beginning with M through Z may apply from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.
Officials anticipate the application window for dispensary and cultivation center applicants to be Sept. 8 through Sept. 22.
For more information, go to www.mcpp.illinois.gov.
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