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.