A proposal that legalizes medical cannabis for those with epilepsy – including minors – has been signed into law by Illinois Governor Pay Quinn. The measure, Senate Bill 2636, allows those with epilepsy to possess and consume cannabis, as well as purchase it from dispensaries, if they receive a recommendation from a physician.
Last year Illinois legalized medical cannabis, allowing the possession and state-licensed distribution of the medicine for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Senate Bill 2636 adds epilepsy to the list of qualifying conditions, and explicitly allows those under 18 with the condition to become a medical cannabis patient, though they would only be authorized to use cannabis extracts, and not the whole cannabis plant. Prior to the signing of this new law, an individual under 18 wasn’t allowed to become a qualified patient regardless of their condition.
“This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state,” says Governor Quinn. “Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, and this much-needed relief will help to reduce some of its symptoms for those who endure seizures.”