August 14, 2015
To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois House of Representatives,
99th General Assembly:
Today I return
House Bill 3299 with a specific recommendation for change.
Medical Cannabis Pilot Program expires January 1, 2018. House Bill 3299 would
extend the expiration of the pilot program until the date which is four years
after the first dispensary organization license is issued by the Department of
Financial and Professional Regulation – an extension of at least nineteen
pilot program was first authorized, the General Assembly provided for a
four-year period. That period included time both for setting up the program and
issuing licenses and for operations. In other words, the pilot program never
provided a full four years for operations.
The sponsors note,
however, that the start of operations has been delayed because then-Governor
Quinn declined to make licensing decisions during the final months of his term.
The intent of House Bill 3299 is to remedy that delay and provide program
participants with the time for operations intended when the program was first
reason, an extension of 120 days is appropriate. That extension would account
for the delay caused in the final months of the prior administration. A further
extension of at least nineteen months total, however, is inconsistent with the
pilot program’s initial authorizing statute. Moreover, given that no sale has
yet occurred and we have not had an opportunity to evaluate the successes and
failures of the pilot program, a further extension would be premature.
pursuant to Section 9(e) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I
hereby return House Bill 3299, entitled “AN ACT concerning health”, with the following
specific recommendation for change:
page 3, by replacing lines 20 through 22 with following:
“Sec. 220. Repeal of Act. This Act is
repealed on April 30, 2018
4 years after the effective date of this
change, House Bill 3299 will have my approval. I respectfully request your concurrence.