Officials say dispensaries in Illinois could start providing medical marijuana early next year . Prospective patients say that's not soon enough.
At a public hearing in Springfield, those seeking marijuana for medical needs argued the rule making process needs to speed up. Illinois lawmakers voted last year to allow cannabis for certain health conditions. Since then, the state has been planning how the program will work. Robert Morgan, an attorney with the Illinois Department of Public Health, says the agency wants to get it right.
Last year, Illinois approved medical use of marijuana after years of debating the issue. But could Illinois be closer to following the lead of some other states that have given the o-k to recreational use?