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Team of Illinois police officers keeping tabs on medical marijuana disbanded

CHICAGO — A group of police officers hired to keep an eye on the state's medical cannabis program has been disbanded because of the Illinois budget crisis.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Illinois State Police is using existing staff members to inspect marijuana facilities until Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature come to terms on a state budget.

Seven investigators — retired state police troopers and supervisors and one former suburban deputy police chief — were paid $25 an hour to investigate alleged violations by medical marijuana growers or sellers.

They inspected security systems, reviewed applications for would-be growers and sellers and educated other police about the program.

State records indicate the team collected $158,000 in total for their work this year.

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