Public hearing set on medical marijuana rules

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials are holding the first of two public hearings on proposed rules that would affect patients who want to use medical marijuana.

Monday morning's hearing in Chicago will examine the state's four-year pilot project. The rules under consideration affect how adult patients with specific health conditions will be able to buy marijuana.

A second hearing will be held May 21 in Springfield.

The proposed rules were published in the Illinois Register on April 18, which marked the start of a formal rulemaking process and a public comment period.

Patients would pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card, but the cost would be less for veterans and the disabled.

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