Report: Delayed medical marijuana program has cost Illinois more than $1.8M


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CHICAGO — A published report says Illinois' delayed medical marijuana program has already cost the state more than $1.8 million in startup costs.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday ( ) that most of the money is for computer software. The newspaper cites records from the state comptroller's office.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has given nearly $1.5 million to Iron Data Solutions Inc., for software used to maintain records of patients and caregivers allowed to purchase medical marijuana.

Lawmakers approved a medical marijuana pilot program in 2013. Former Gov. Pat Quinn promised to issue the licenses by the end of last year, but didn't announce applicants. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants a review of the process before proceeding.

Illinois has already collected more than $5 million in fees from applicants.

Information from: Chicago Sun-Times,

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