Medical Marijuana Program Expansion Signed Into Law

Henrietta Strickland
August 14, 2019

1438 by both chambers of the legislature, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the measure into law on June 25.

"This legislation brings our medical cannabis program in line with my administration's vision for equity, and it makes adjustments for the lessons we've learned since its inception", Gov. Pritzker said during Monday's signing. One bill expands the health conditions that qualify patients for the program. The other bill makes it easier for children treated with cannabis-infused products to be administered the products during the school day.

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Pritzker also signed legislation that allows minors prescribed medical cannabis to use it themselves with under supervision of an administrator or nurse with permission for their guardian.

The bill takes effect on July 1, 2020. The other adds 11 new conditions to the eligibility requirements including those who suffer from chronic pain, IBS, osteoarthritis, anorexia, migraines, and autism.

Expansion of medical professionals who certify patients: Instead of exclusively physicians, advance practice registered nurses and physician assistants can now join physicians in diagnosing and certifying an individual's eligibility for the medical cannabis program. "Since the enactment of our state's medical cannabis program, over 80,000 patients have been enrolled across the state".

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