Illinois starts taking marijuana business applications

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SPRINGFIELD — Entrepreneurs wanting to cultivate or dispense medical marijuana under a new Illinois law are getting their chance to be considered.

The state on Monday was to begin accepting applications from aspiring cultivation centers and dispensaries vying for one of a limited number of permits.

A state law enacted last year authorized a four-year pilot project that will expire in 2017, but so far, not a single marijuana seed has been planted. State officials have said the first products may be sold next year.

The state’s Department of Public Health last week said more than 2,000 people registered for Illinois medical marijuana identification cards in the first three days of applications. Officials had expected just a few hundred applications.

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