Senator haine working for medical marijuana Springfield, IL – Legislation passed the Senate today extending the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) to four years from the date the first medical cannabis dispensary gets registered by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR).  Senator Haine (D-Alton) is the chief Senate sponsor of the measure.

In February, with the approval of the Governor, DFPR issued authorizations to 51 medical cannabis dispensaries. These dispensaries have until June 2 to be officially registered to operate. Therefore, this most recent measure will likely extend the MCPP an extra 18 months.

With the support of Sen. Haine, the original Medical Cannabis Pilot Program was signed into law in 2013.

“This program was signed into law two years ago and still has yet to be effectively implemented due to bureaucratic barriers from the previous administration,” Haine said. “This legislation sets a new deadline for this program to get up and running. It is time to quit dragging our feet. Let’s get this done and give patients access to the care they need.”

In January, new updates to the medical marijuana laws were signed into law. These updates included increased authority to regulators, revised criminal background checks for patients and updated the laws on DUI regulations for medical cannabis patients.

The Legislation, House Bill 3299, passed out of the Senate today and will be sent to the governor.

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