New Laws Take Effect

2014 is a big year for two controversial laws.

Illinois residents can now apply for their concealed carry permits.

The Illinois State Police have released numbers on how many people have applied.

Will and DuPage counties are among the highest of the collar counties.

Will county comes in at number one.

It has seen at least 1,759 permit applications so far. That’s a rate of about 26 applicants per 10,000 residents.

DuPage County comes in second with at least 1,589 permit applications, which comes out to 17.3 applications per 10,000 residents.

As people are applying to conceal and carry, those with chronic illnesses are wondering when they can start applying for medical marijuana.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has just released their proposed rules for the medical cannabis pilot program.

Those who apply will have to be fingerprinted, submit to a background check, and pay a $150 fee.

One new proposal will ban the patient or caregiver registered to obtain medical marijuana from possessing and carrying a firearm, even if they have a FOID card or concealed carry permit.

More of the proposed regulations can be found at mcpp.illinois.gov.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeking public comment on the new regulations, which will be open until February 7.

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