- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge is considering a request to halt the medical marijuana permit process in one part of Illinois.

Judge Kathleen Kennedy heard arguments Tuesday from a Chicago company that failed to win a permit to grow medical marijuana and then filed a lawsuit against the state.

An attorney for the company, PM Rx LLC, asked for a delay in order to find out more about how the Illinois Department of Agriculture scored applicants.

Attorney John Rooks says the secrecy surrounding the process makes it impossible to determine whether the department followed its own rules.

Alice Keane of the Illinois attorney general’s office represented the department. She told the judge similar lawsuits could be “a slippery slope” ultimately leading to the medical marijuana program grinding “to a halt.”

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