Illinois to its Medical Marijuana Patients: Your Cannabis or Your Gun

Last week the Illinois Department of Public Health was the first Illinois State agency to releasing draft rules for regulating patient access to medical cannabis. The rules are available here and DPH is accepting public comments through February 7 (more information available here). The rule garnering the most attention right now is proposed § 946.230(c), which lists what patient applicants must do to qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois. Most of the requirements are relatively unsurprising. Cannabis patients must certify that they understand that possession and use of marijuana is still a federal crime, that they will keep their records up-to-date, that they will not transfer or re-sell their medical marijuana, that smoking in public is not allowed, etc. Certainly nothing earth shattering. But there is this kicker at the very end of the list:

Illinois Medical Cannabis Laws. Expect Strict Enforcement.

Marijuana in Illinois is at an interesting juncture. Illinois may only be gearing up for its cannabis rule-making process, but this has not prevented it from coming out swinging in its enforcement efforts. The first Illinois medical cannabis clinic, Good Intentions, which set up shop in Chicago’s West Town area to a deluge of patient inquires,