Documents: Quinn Had Marijuana Recommendations, Didn’t Act

January 26, 2015
Clone plants at a medical marijuana facility in Oakland, California.

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Newly released documents show former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations on which businesses should receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses but did not act on them before leaving office.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration released the material to The Associated Press and other news organizations in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

The Illinois medical marijuana program scored and recommended 18 businesses to grow medical marijuana and 56 retailers to sell it in the weeks before Quinn left office.
A Rauner spokesman says aides will review the evaluation process and forward their findings to the attorney general.
Quinn's administration had said he would issue the licenses by the end of last year.

A Quinn spokesman said Monday that the former administration made "substantial progress'' in evaluating applications but decided to hand it over to Rauner for "proper review.''
The documents appear to show the agencies made recommendations to Quinn around Dec. 25. 

A Quinn spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times Sunday in a statement that the agencies made "substantial progress'' but Quinn turned the job over to Rauner "for proper review.''

Story source: AP