Kane panel updated on medical pot issues
By Matt Brennan For Sun-Times Media August 20, 2013 10:56AM
Updated: September 22, 2013 6:22AM
GENEVA — Medical marijuana is set to become legal in Illinois this January, and Kane County Health Department Director Barb Jeffers gave the county board’s Public Health Committee the first indications Tuesday of what that could look like locally.
The Illinois Department of Public Health, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Rules and Regulations will handle a majority of the enforcement, although Kane County will be in charge of local zoning, Jeffers said.
“We’ll be working closely with the state of Illinois,” she said.
There will be 60 growth licenses, and 22 licenses for medical marijuana dispensing in the state.
Kane will maintain control of where it is grown and dispensed locally, she said.
The dispensing licenses will be issued statewide in accordance with the various state police districts.
Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act into law early this month.
The law’s purpose is to establish a regulated system for Illinois residents with certain debilitating medical conditions to have access to marijuana, which is currently illegal at the federal level.
Jeffers said she would continue to update the committee and the board as January nears and the law goes into effect.
Public Health Committee member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, expressed some concerns over eventual funding for the law.
“My concern is the financial ramifications, if we’ll be responsible for any of the financial aspect of this,” she said.