Head of Illinois medical marijuana program to stay on job

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of Illinois’ medical marijuana program for the past year is staying on the job a bit longer.

A spokesman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says Bob Morgan is “staying on for the time being.” Morgan is an attorney with the Illinois Department of Public Health and coordinator of the marijuana program.

Medical marijuana patients hoped former Gov. Pat Quinn would issue business permits to growers and retailers before leaving office, but that didn’t happen.

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says the new administration has “no idea” why Quinn didn’t issue the licenses and “only he can answer that question.”

Trover says the new governor has concerns about the medical marijuana law and how business licenses are chosen, but Rauner “is committed to a quick and thorough review of the program.”