Lang seeks deal with Rauner on medical marijuana extension

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Rep. Lou Lang says he won’t try to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of an extension to the state’s medical marijuana program.

Lang issued a statement Thursday saying the governor’s office has pledged to negotiate “a mutually acceptable compromise.” The Skokie Democrat says his decision not to seek an override stems from the possibility of compromise that would “serve the interests of patients.”

In a veto letter last month, Rauner said he would agree to extend the program for four months, ending it at the end of April 2018. Lawmakers had sent him a bill that would effectively extend it through most of 2019.

The extension is meant to make up for delays to the pilot program under former Gov. Pat Quinn.