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Medical Marijuana forum in Quincy provides answers for local residents

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program raises many questions for residents, and tonight a special forum in Quincy aimed to provide answers. 

The bill was first signed on August 1st, 2013 but since then there have been changes.

For example, originally under the law, gun owners wouldn't be able to apply for medical marijuana treatment. That has since been changed.

Experts also say that as it currently stands, medical marijuana treatment will not be covered by insurance.

People who attended the forum say it was good to learn about all of the updates.

"The people that are up there know what they're talking about, they have you know the information to back them up, just listen, come in with an open mind, and that's all that we can expect," Quincy resident Kery Lane said.

"Gosh you know there are rumors going around. Well it squashes that. It- it gives us honest information from an attorney that has studied the law," local resident John Dobson said.

Residents were also worried about the penalties for driving while having marijuana in their systems. Experts explained that as long as the driver did not have the drug on them at the time, they would be okay.   

These new draft rules are awaiting review from the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee.


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