The first draft of Illinois’ new medical marijuana program incorporates strict standards. Under the new regulations, Illinois patients who receive medical marijuana must submit to fingerprinting and background checks and must pay $150 dollars with their applications for the requisite photo identifications.
Opponents claim that the fee for the photo identification, which is not covered by insurance plans, discriminates against cancer patients and the terminally ill, and may conflict with patients’ constitutional rights. In addition, Illinois requires these patients to choose between being treated with medical marijuana and owning a firearm, which could also pose a legal quandary for courts to resolve. However, St. Clair County Sheriff, Rick Watson, maintains that “a law like this needs to be strict,” and if society deems it is too strict at a later date, the legislature can amend the regulations as necessary.
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