Advisers: Proposed marijuana rules are fair

By By CHACOUR KOOP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Advisers to potential medical marijuana business owners say getting into the industry will be expensive and rigorous.

This comes after the state's agriculture, revenue, and financial and professional regulation departments released regulations Friday.

Applicants for dispensaries would need about $460,000 for fees and available liquid assets. Cultivation center owners would need about $375,000.

Nicholas Williams, a lawyer for HW Holdings based in Bloomington, says it's clear Illinois is trying exclude illegal drug dealers from setting up shop. His medical supply company wants into the medical marijuana industry. He says the rules are fair and reasonable.

But Julie Draco, who uses cannabis for medical conditions, says she fears it will make the drug too expensive. She hopes smaller businesses can own medical marijuana operations.

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