SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner inherited the prickly question of who should get medical marijuana business permits Monday as his predecessor left office without acting on the matter.
In his last hours as governor, Democrat Pat Quinn announced his administration would not issue licenses to get the state’s marijuana industry off the ground, although he enacted penalties for violations if and when it does.
Quinn’s last-minute bill signing also cleared the way for FBI background checks, a snag holding up national screening of business applicants.
Rauner, a Republican businessman from Winnetka who took office Monday, now must grapple with launching a complicated but potentially revenue-generating industry. During the campaign, Rauner had criticized the business selection process and suggested auctioning the licenses to the highest qualified bidders.