Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients not Very Happy with Pat Quinn’s Last Act as Governor!

Democrat governor Pat Quinn is moving away from his position, but not everyone is going to remember him very fondly at this point. One of his last moves as acting governor was received very poorly by medical marijuana patients all across the state, as the governor not only refused to award the promised licenses to growers and dispensaries before he left office, but he went ahead and made the state even more restrictive towards medical marijuana dispensaries than it already was.

Many have been expressing their disappointment with the way the governor has handled the situation, and the sentiments haven’t just been coming from medical marijuana patients. State Representative Lou Lang, who was originally in support of the state’s medical marijuana law, said that he was “livid”, and he saw the new policies as a huge setback for the state’s progress.

Now, the situation seems grim for patients, as the new governor Bruce Rauner has been an open critic of the state’s policy during his election campaign. Many were hopeful that Pat Quinn would put effort into moving the program forward before he leaves office in order to prevent Rauner from causing any real damage, but now it seems that it’s too late for that, and Rauner has been given a lot of freedom regarding the state’s medical marijuana policies.

Under the new legislation that was signed by Quinn on Monday, regulators of the state now have the power to impose even stricter penalties on those who have been found in violation of the medical marijuana law. Previously, the worst they could do was revoke licenses, but now they can impose fines and even harsher penalties, while everyone associated to medical marijuana growers, including patients and caregivers, can now face more thorough background checks before they’re allowed access to the plant.

Some have been trying to minimize the blow to Quinn’s reputation by claiming that there were other factors in play regarding these laws, and it wasn’t entirely his fault that the regulations were passed like that. However, in the end, state agencies were reportedly simply waiting for the governor to put his signature on the legislation, so the blame is entirely on him, according to Lou Lang.

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It’s not clear how things are going to move forward for Illinois now, but Bruce Rauner’s policies are not very likely to be in a positive direction for medical marijuana patients, so many have been worried that the state is going to see its progress stall significantly in this area. On the other hand, it’s possible that Rauner might change his mind in light of the hugely negative public reaction, although that’s not very likely, according to most.

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  1. Don’t hide the truth about Illinois law marker tell the truth and our concerns This letter is to all law makers in state of Illinois. We the people have the right to medical treatment and can not be discriminated against criminal background, race ,religion, gender, and etc. You do not have the right to deny us medical we the people have rights to receive medical treatment. I say everyone has the rithe eyes of illiniost to medical treatment nobody has the right to deny anybody even if you have a record I say we the people of state of Illinois  that we all need to stand together and sue and make class action suit against idph and state of Illinois and ask for the law makers to resign they do not care about the people and have no business making laws its our right as humans to receive medical treatment I ask the President of the united states what is he going to do about this and I can answer that ? Nothing whoever made these laws should resign.

    This letter is to all law makers in state of Illinois. We the people have the right to medical treatment and can not be discriminated against criminal background, race ,religion, gender, and etc. You do not have the right to deny us medical we the people have rights to receive medical treatment. I say everyone has the right to medical treatment nobody has the right to deny anybody even if you have a record I say we the people of state of Illinois  that we all need to stand together and sue and make class action suit against idph and state of Illinois and ask for the law makers to resign they do not care about the people and have no business making laws its our right as humans to receive medical treatment I ask the President of the united states what is he going to do about this and I can answer that ? Nothing whoever made these laws should resign. If your lawmaker against the care of medical treatment and designing laws that stop people from getting that treatment please resign effective asap.  Let people who care about us in and make laws that help the people. So to the people of Illinois contact your TV station and radio station and let your voice be heard. for example if you have cancer and have a felony you will get denied or any other deliberating condition you will be denied the law maker don’t speak for us let’s stand together. Oh don’t contact ACLU they don’t do anything to help but they help the law makers not the people.

    This program have been approved by a legislative committee, bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patient

    The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the regulations at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago. Lawmakers claimed they will track every marijuana bud and leaf produced.

    The group discussed rules for both patients who are looking to get relief for a medical condition and growers. It is not clear how many people who have medical conditions are interested in getting registry cards, but the Marijuana Policy Project estimates more than 10,000 patients could eventually sign up in Illinois. Applications could begin as early as September and medical marijuana would be available in 2015.

    State representative Lou Lang told FOX 32’s Joanie Lum he has been working toward this for years.

    “It took me five years to pass this bill and I didn’t do it to create business or revenue. I did it to provide a better quality of life for every sick person in our state,” Lang said.

    This is not true I’m writing letter to every body asking why state Representatives don’t tell the truth cuz Lou lang said every sick person gets help what about those with a record so Lou Lang statement is not true people in the state of Illinois  are denied medical treatment with the new marijuana pilot laws just because their have a record and are treated differently this means everyone is not treated equal with medical treatment in eyes of state of Illinois

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