New Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Question Illinois Permits

More lawsuits have been filed against the state of Illinois over medical marijuana growers’ permits, as failed applicants challenge the government-selected winners in the new industry.

Two new complaints, filed in recent weeks, affect cultivation centers in southwestern Illinois and Cook County. There are now four lawsuits naming the Illinois Department of Agriculture as a defendant and 33 months left in the state’s pilot program, which has been troubled by questions about background checks and how the government selected businesses.

Around the state, growers with permits are starting construction of highly secured growing warehouses. Some have predicted a late fall harvest with medical marijuana reaching patients soon after that.

Patients are not allowed to grow their own marijuana in Illinois, creating the potential for a lucrative market. The state has approved 2,000 patients for the program and about 19,500 people have started the patient registration process.

– Read the entire article at CBS Chicago.