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Only Rich People Can Open A Medical Marijuana Business In Illinois

Illinois medical marijuana hb 1One of my biggest pet peeves is when rich people that don’t know hardly anything about medical marijuana enter the medical marijuana industry. I understand that there are benefits to having well-off people in the industry, but I don’t think ‘helping our image’ is worth the problems it creates for patients. Patients need medical marijuana experts helping them access quality meds, not Ivy League graduates that probably don’t even consume marijuana.

Sadly, more and more states are creating such huge price tags to open a medical marijuana safe access point that only rich people will be able to afford to open one. There are of course rich people that are knowledgeable about cannabis, however, more often than not they are just someone trying to make money off the backs of patients. It looks like Illinois is going down this path. Russ Belville gave the following breakdown on National Cannabis Coalition’s website:

Regulators drawing up proposed rules for the new medical marijuana program have instituted enormous start-up costs for dispensaries and cultivation centers.  To sell pot, a business will have to show $400,000 in reserve assets and shell out a $5,000 non-refundable application fee on top of a $30,000 yearly permit fee.  To grow cannabis, it’s $250,000 in reserve, a $25,000 non-refundable application fee and a $200,000 annual permit.

The law establishes 22 grow centers and 60 dispensaries, with 13 in Chicago, 11 in Cook County, and three or fewer in the remainder of the state.  As for the patients in the program, they get saddled with an annual $150 registration fee, fingerprinting and a background check for a photo identification card, and “registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers are not eligible for a Firearm Owners Identification Card or a Firearm Concealed Carry License.”

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  • Guest

    Illinois’s proposed law will if put in place will be a model for other states. If another Bill is not introduced passed and signed into law legalization of cannabis will hit a big stumbling block. More states will seek greater control and limits,even in states that already are enjoying more liberal laws. Never should the compelled give up any constitutional rights just to have a chance at a new medicine or a personal activity. As for rich having a edge that will always be.That being said High fees confiscatory taxes and over regulation always favor the rich. The Illinois Bill is meant to keep Cannabis illicit and thought dangerous by the public. (my opinion) In Chicago and Springfield Mobsters,gangs and politicians stand to lose a lot of money if the illegal trade is diminished. Just as what happened after the repeal of the 18th amendment. If you haven’t noticed the American farmer, small business man, and the average American have been losing ground this century. That is because the “Ruling Class” have been writing the laws and worst of all the regulations. The People have to fight to keep any law enacted is open to all of the people to participate if they want to.

  • mrtick

    Illinois’s proposed law will if put in place will be a model for other
    states. If another Bill is not introduced passed and signed into law
    legalization of cannabis will hit a big stumbling block. More states
    will seek greater control and limits,even in states that already are
    enjoying more liberal laws. Never should the people be compelled give up any
    constitutional rights just to have a chance at a new medicine or a
    personal activity. As for rich having a edge that will always be.That
    being said High fees confiscatory taxes and over regulation always favor
    the rich. The Illinois Bill is meant to keep Cannabis illicit and
    thought dangerous by the public. (my opinion) In Chicago and Springfield
    Mobsters,gangs and politicians stand to lose a lot of money if the
    illegal trade is diminished. Just as what happened after the repeal of
    the 18th amendment. If you haven’t noticed the American farmer, small
    business man, and the average American have been losing ground this
    century. That is because the “Ruling Class” have been writing the laws
    and worst of all the regulations. The People have to fight to keep any
    law enacted is open to all of the people to participate if they want to.

  • Sarijuana

    Banks and other lending institutions will not loan to companies breaking federal law. That leaves it all to rich folk.

  • Erich Pierce

    That’s complete BULLSHIT!!!! I don’t live in Illinois, but it’s ludicrous!!! Those fees are outrageous and the fact that patients can’t protect themselves, but people who drink can? That makes no sense to me!!!

    • Joey Saia

      It is Bullshit !!!! I live in Nevada and it is the same here. I even had to give up my Class A designation on my drivers licence…… Now I can’t even make a living….even if I could work. Oh BTW I was hurt on the job ( Drillers helper on a drill rig ) drilling a Geo – Thermal well at the V.A.( I’m also a veteran of the U.S. Army ). The job specked out to have 2 helpers on this job, but the greedy employer I worked for only wanted one helper ( me ) there. So because I was the only one there, I got way over worked and was lifting some drill pipe and completely wrecked my back. 2 surgeries and 4 yrs later, my back is still as fucked as ever. Anyway… I’m sorry to rant on your comment but I just had to say that the upper financial 1% of this country don’t give 2 shits about us or how much it cost us to live.

  • The rich and wealthy who know little to nothing about marijuana are not the only opportunists waiting in line for a permit. The very group that our government says that they are trying to fight their ‘war on drugs’ against will also be in line. They are rich too, and have already made their millions off of the backs of marijuana users. Are they setting us up for failure ? I think they are. By setting the bar so high that only money will make money (again), the average farmer who’s interest is for the betterment of the plant and good health has no chance to apply or be considered. We already know that any literature or scientific/medical study about the marijuana plant is being sought out and destroyed by our current government. They want the medical marijuana to fail. They can’t allow the non submissive gardener with an actual interest in marijuana as medicine.
    Yes. I believe we are being set up for medicinal marijuana failure – as long as the government is in control of our medicine. But we have not lost. We are gaining our voices. And we need to continue this fight. Marijuana is an herb. A healing herb. Take charge of your own health.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/STOP-REEFER-MADNESS/296731613757308

  • Walker

    I highly disagree with having to give up my right to protect myself, my home, my family, or any situation that would help save lives, just so I can alleviate my pain. Denying me my second amendment right is unconstitutional. It even contradicts The Preamble of the Constitution. Just goes to show how little the people have a say in politics and lawmaking. Shouldn’t even be a law to begin with. In my opinion, other states and national government should base the guidelines off the states that started it all. California, Colorado, and Washington state. Jerusalem has been perfecting for decades what the US is just starting to see and understand. But they’re considered a third world country? Patients should have the ability to make their own medicine and not have to make the rich richer. Open to all “monetary classes.” Dispensaries yeah I agree with needing permits and licensing and such. To limit it to people that have over a million bucks just sitting in a bank account, is ludicrous. Most of those rich people probably haven’t ever picked up a pair of pruning shears a day in their lives. Which leads to low quality. The little guy that’s experienced and knowledgeable in the crop is the one that’ll have the better reviews and larger clientele base over the rich, inexperienced, money hungry snob. For instance, two mechanics work in the same shop. One has 5 years experience and is ASE certified. The other owns the shop but knows nothing about cars. Which mechanic would you go to first? Which mechanic would you trust your vehicle to?

  • Todd K.

    In Colorado the fee for a patient permit/license was origonally over $100, but each year it went down. It is currently $15.

  • babygirlrott

    Unfortunately I live here, they fuck us every chance and every way they can. Only here because this is where my family lives. The most corrupt state there is!

  • lee

    I agree with each comment in context with stealing our rights…how ever there really is a way to control the game yourselves. Register to vote, and group up and demand a referendum to the laws passed by the state. We the People must take charge and the only way to do so is to register to vote and start taking actions through the proper channels in big numbers. You can even change the process if there are enough people. And in there lies the real problem…we’ve rarely ever banded together as just good ole We the People, and stood up against the political machine. That’s what has to happen to change anything about the way we are governed. Nor have We the People come together on just “ONE SINGLE” issue or agenda. Everybody has a tendency to argue, whine and then start calling each other names. And the politicians know that and they use it against us.

  • Djhouse

    I think we need to develop a cannabis organization that provides education and knowledge for anybody who wants to open a head shop. (Like for example), participating in a program that provides you with a proper knowledge toward this subject. That way all the fake rich people are forced to acknowledge pot similar to the ones that smoke on a regular basis like me!

  • painkills2

    Go ahead. Let the rich and inexperienced grow your medicine. See what happens. Then, see how long it takes (if ever) for these people to gain enough experience to do it right. In the meantime, pay for low quality and unpredictable supply.

    Now, who benefits from this arrangement? Not the patients, that’s for sure. The patients get to shoulder all the costs of inexperienced growers.

    The doctor who assisted with New Mexico’s MMJ program is currently traveling to different states, talking them into setting up programs like the dysfunctional one in New Mexico. The selling point is that the feds have never bothered the MMJ industry in this state. While that’s not totally true, it doesn’t really matter, because it’s barely relevant any more. I just hope that potential MMJ patients in all of these states understand what’s really going on.

  • Denny

    Painkills2 might want to take a closer look at the pricing for all medical cannabis offerings at the dispensaries and from producers around the state, it’s become very expensive. The patients are already shouldering the costs for these operations and several of them have openly said they are making more money now than then ever imagined possible.

    The presumption that someone having the financial resources and no production experience is going to be a problem for patients simply is not valid or supportable. In fact, a logical assumption would be that these people would be able to actually hire knowledgeable people to run their operations in order to produce quality medication immediately, and possibly at a lower cost because they are not up to their necks in loan debt from day one.

    The state needs to step up and set some pricing limits on medical cannabis products that will help ensure the patients do not have to resort to street dealers for their medication because their pricing is so much more affordable. Another downside of forcing patients back to the street is the drastic variance in quality and purity of medication, there is no guarantee about what is being sold.
    Legalizing it does not guarantee a lower price either, just look what happened in Colorado. By mid afternoon on the first day their law went into effect the price for an ounce was reported to be $600. Based on the analogy that everyone in the medical cannabis business in Colorado or in whatever state in they operate is a rich person is not supportable, but it does not make any difference.

    Who cares about the financial status of the person producing the medication as long as it is of good quality, clean and reasonably affordable.

  • Bruce Eli Mosbacher

    I think the 200K goes down to 100K after the first year for cultivation centers and from 30K to 25K for dispensaries. Your point is well taken though.

    Bruce Mosbacher
    Mosbacher Law Group
    Mosbacherlawgroup@gmail.com

  • Johnny oneye

    Same old shit in Cali licenses up north 50k , maybe that’s why the price at compassion Centers remain high 300/oz
    Can’t imagine the legal fees
    And the Feds are handing out 5 yr sentencing like frosting on a cake.
    Go ahead rich folk , jump in .. The water is nice!

  • me

    It will be the same here in Arkansas. There are two groups gathering signatures for medical mj. Neither allows a patient or caregiver to grow unless they meet certain “hardship” requirements. Only a select few rich folks will be able to open a dispensary. I’m generally tired of the mmj movement and would rather see complete legalization.all the people that have risked everything to help sick people will get screwed again. And it will be left in the hands of the novice growers.

  • Razmanaz

    I read it as $25k non refundable application fee, $250k cash reserves, and $2million dollars cash or surety bond, for a grow operation
    . A little steep for anyone but Monsanto and a few other rich entities. Illinois govmt. states it keeps the less serious out of the industry. haha

  • painkills2

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