Revised, preliminary rules for Illinois' medical marijuana industry were unveiled today. The rules, crafted by state government regulators include:
- Patients will pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card. Veterans and people considered "disabled" will pay only $50 annually.
- Pot growers will be required to pay $225,000 in first-year fees, and have $500,000 on hand and $2 million in an escrow account or surety bond.
- Marijuana businesses will be prohibited from using cartoon, the Illinois flag, or any image other than the growers logo on their packaging; and the "product" cannot resemble "a commercially available candy."
The 15-member advisory board was expanded to include nurses and med-marijuana patients. The board will review petitions to add additional medical conditions to the list of those already approved.
Interestingly, the new draft rules also state several times that cannabis is a controlled substance under federal law and that growing, distributing or possessing it, except through a federally approved research program, violates federal law.