Rauner Says He Wouldn't Have Signed MMJ Bill
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Rauner Says He Wouldn't Have Signed MMJ Bill
Posted by CN Staff on September 16, 2014 at 14:23:18 PT
By Natasha Korecki 
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said he wouldn't have signed a medical marijuana pilot project now underway in Illinois. When specifically asked if he wouldn't have signed the medical marijuana law, Rauner said: "That's correct. And Pat Quinn shouldn't have supported this law, because it created a secret process."Rauner's position is significant because the pilot project in Illinois would be up for renewal in 2017. The next governor would be key to allowing medical marijuana to move forward in the state.
When asked if he was just not happy with the current bill or whether he opposed medical marijuana, he said: "Medical marijuana is something I've not supported. It's not a big issue for me either way," Rauner said.Rauner's comments about medical marijuana came at a news conference in which he criticized the current application process, calling it secretive and ripe for corruption."Thanks to Pat Quinn's secret, insider process, there are a lot of questions left unanswered," Rauner said. "But there is something we know for sure: Something stinks, and it's not the marijuana."Right now there is a competitive application process for 22 licenses, however the names of those applying are not public.The governor's office took exception with Rauner's comments, calling the process "competitive" and "transparent.""The application process was expressly outlined in the law, which was passed with bipartisan support and is one of the most rigorous application processes in the country," said spokesman Grant Klinzman in a statement. "By design, the law requires the confidentiality of application materials to ensure there are not unfair business practices while guaranteeing the selection team cannot be impacted by outside influences and that all decisions are made based on the merits. The process is treated like a double-blind medical study, the scoring teams will not know the identity of the applicants, only their qualifications."Klinzman then called the selection process "among the most rigorous in the country," with decisions to be made "with no consideration to politics or other interests.""The purpose of keeping information confidential, as approved by legislators of both parties, was to ensure the highest standard of integrity of the selection process," Klinzman said in a statement. Rauner proposed having an auction for medical marijuana licenses, where companies bid for a license for a defined period of time."Then we can actually make money from the process. Why not? Rauner said. "Our taxpayers in Illinois deserve a break."Source: Chicago Sun-Times (IL)Author: Natasha Korecki Published: September 16, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Sun-Times Co.Contact: letters Website: URL: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by Had Enough on September 20, 2014 at 16:17:03 PT
Rauner said
" "Rauner said. "Our taxpayers in Illinois deserve a break." They sure resign your position and let someone else give it a whirl...That is if there are any politicians left that aren't corrupt...Good luck with that...
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on September 17, 2014 at 12:15:35 PT:
the "conservative" mind
Kaptain, this buffoon, Rauner, is playing base politics. He is obviously playing to his own choir, who are like robots. They are so brainwashed that they'll believe everything that Fox or Rauner tells them. you must understand the so-called "conservative" is the mind of Archie Bunker. They are so used to being in control of other people's lives that they just can't accept the fact that they are in the minority. They are like a wounded knows that it is dying, so it wants to take as many souls as possible into perdition with them.
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Comment #2 posted by kaptinemo on September 17, 2014 at 09:34:29 PT:
Shorter Rauner: "I don't want to be elected, so I am going to piss off well over half the population on this issue to insure I don't."Don't these idiots read polls? Don't they understand they are risking irrelevancy to the very electorate they need to survive politically? Both(?) Party machines are being seen for the corrupt, 1% serving entities they are; people are now voting for individuals who are pulling away from the corrupt pack and taking positions that more closely mirror their constituent's concerns...such as re-legalizing cannabis. And this doofus will learn that come Election Day.
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on September 16, 2014 at 18:34:55 PT:
Since this imbecile -- oops! I meant, ah, "candidate" -- is losing, he is trying to appeal to only his base voters, hoping for a large turnout of bible-bangers -- oops! I meant, ah, "Republicans" -- to keep his chances alive. He knows that his base is loaded with brainwashed fools who believe anything that so-called "conservatives" -- like him -- will tell them. 
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