Secrecy of Illinois Medical Marijuana Program Key Issue in Lawsuit

While campaigning for governor, Bruce Rauner said, “The application process for medical marijuana should not be held in secret where insiders win and taxpayers lose; it should be open and transparent.”

But now, lawyers for the state are fighting to keep from having to turn over information about exactly those bids.

A Rauner spokeswoman said the the state is simply “complying with the rules set forth in the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.”

The issue will come to a head Wednesday in a Cook County courtroom as part of a significant lawsuit.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy has been asked by the state to reconsider her order to allow lawyers for PM Rx, a company that did not win a license to grow marijuana, to examine records the state claims are confidential.

The state’s attorney, Assistant Attorney General Alice Keane, has argued the applications are meant to be...

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