Medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary applications due Monday

CHICAGO - People who wish to own medical marijuana businesses in Illinois will have until 3:00 p.m. Monday to submit their applications to two Illinois state agencies.

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will accept applications for cultivation centers and dispensaries up until the deadline Monday afternoon.

Illinois' medical marijuana law went into effect on January 1, but no marijuana may be planted until growers' permits are issued later this year.  The new law also prohibits patients from growing their own medical marijuana.

According to state officials, 21 cultivation center permits and 60 dispensary permits are expected to be issued.  There is a non-refundable $25,000 application fee and a first-year registration fee of $200,000.  Commercial growers will also pay a 7 percent privilege tax on their sales.

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