Pubdate: Thu, 27 Aug 2009
Source: Illinois Times (IL)
Copyright: 2009 Yesse Communications
Author: Simon Franzmann


Supporters of the legalization of medical cannabis are supporting
creation of small businesses known as Medical Cannabis Organizations
(MCO) that will be able to keep this medicine safe, process the active
ingredient, educate those who need it, and offer a variety of other
services. These businesses may become as regulated as pharmacies.

Unfortunately, I'm sure there are some pharmacists who give out
prescription pills to people without prescriptions. I don't know what
the repercussions are for this but I would assume that there is a zero
tolerance for that just as there is zero tolerance for places that
sell pot for any reason to those without a certificate.

"Joe the pothead" can't just open an MCO if he feels like it that day.
He has to fill out a ton of paperwork, be subjected to a background
check, buy growing equipment and security supplies and shell out
$5,000 just to start.

Simon Franzmann