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Vote on medical marijuana rules being held Tuesday

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The state of Illinois is on the verge of approving rules that bring it one step closer to allowing people to buy and sell medical marijuana.

State Representative Lou Lang has been fighting for this for more than five years.

“I didn't do it to create businesses, I didn't do it to create revenue, I did it to provide a better quality of life for some very sick people in our state," Lang said.

Lawmakers will meet in Chicago Tuesday to vote on the rules for 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries.

“Rules happen unless 8 of the 12 members vote against them. So, I think these rules will pass if not this month, then next month, but I’m hopeful it will be tomorrow," Lang added.

It’s taken about a year to get to this point.

If the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program's rules are approved, patients, cultivation centers and dispensaries will be able to get their hands on applications.

"Kudos to Illinois," said Adam Bierman.

Bierman of The Med-Men, a consulting firm for marijuana businesses, said that Illinois is one of the fastest states to move forward with this kind of pilot program.

"What can be a very bureaucratic, kind of back logged process, if there are no objections to the proposed guidelines tomorrow when the joint committee on administrative rules meets. Your program will be locked, patients could start to apply immediately," Bierman added.

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