Article written by Robert McCoppin for Chicago Tribune. Photo: Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs a measure that clarifies some of the provisions in the landmark marijuana law legislators passed in the spring on Dec. 4, 2019, in Chicago’s Loop. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Responding to growing concerns over shortages and price gouging involving medical cannabis, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration warned Monday that he will crack down on any “bad actors” who may violate laws meant to protect patients.

“Illinois is the only state in the country to write protections for medical cannabis patients into the law and the Pritzker administration is working to ensure supply is protected for patients who rely on it,” Pritzker’s spokeswoman Jordan Abbudayyeh wrote in a statement. “Bad actors who violate the law will face consequences. … The administration will continue to monitor supply as we implement and administer the program.”