Illinois receives more than 350 medical marijuana cultivation and dispensary applications

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SPRINGFIELD - On Wednesday, state officials announced they have received more than 350 applications from those interested in obtaining a license to legally grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois.

Officials say the Illinois Department of Agriculture received 158 cultivation center applications, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation received 211 dispensary applications.   Of those applications, the state will only award 22 cultivation center and 60 dispensary licenses.

The number of applications that was received in each district is expected to be available late next week, and the state anticipates awarding licenses before the end of the year.  That means medical marijuana will be available to registered patients in the spring of 2015.

The Illinois Department of Public Health will update the number of patients who have started the application process to register for a medical marijuana identification card on October 8.  The department will also update patients at the beginning of each subsequent month.

For more information about medical marijuana in Illinois, visit www.mcpp.illinois.gov.

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