Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids
Published on 9/14/14
The sponsor of a plan legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois Friday defended a part of the law that bars the release of information about companies wanting licenses to grow and sell pot.Keeping this information under wraps will stop companies from obtaining information about competitors that could give them an advantage.
Government watchdog groups expressed concern that keeping applicant names secret would make it harder to determine if politically connected companies had received preferential treatment. Several companies hired lobbyists, including a former chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn and a former state police director, to help them through the process.