Applications accepted for medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries

SPRINGFIELD - Those who want to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana under a new Illinois law are getting their chance to be considered.

On Monday, the state began accepting applications from potential cultivation centers and dispensaries, each trying to obtain one of a very limited number of permits.

Illinois' medical marijuana law was enacted last year, and authorizes a four-year pilot project that expires in 2017.  However, no medical marijuana has yet been sold or grown.  State officials are expecting to see the first products sold sometime next year.

Applications for medical marijuana cards are also proving to be popular among Illinois residents, as the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that more than 2,000 people registered during the first three days of applications.  Officials say they only expected a few hundred applications.

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