Tomorrow, at an event at the University of Chicago, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign a measure which legalizes medical cannabis.
Under the new law – which takes effect on January 1st – authorized patients who receive a recommendation from their physician will be allowed to legally possess up to 2 and a half ounces of cannabis, and will be able to obtain their medicine through one of 60 dispensaries that will open throughout the state. 22 cultivation centers will be authorized to supply cannabis to the 60 dispensaries, with licensing and oversight to be handled by the state’s Department of Agriculture.
Unfortunately the proposal is a 4-year pilot program, which has the legislature reexamining the issue in 2018, but it’s still a huge step forward.
With the signing of this measure, Illinois becomes the 21st state in the U.S. to approve of some form of medical cannabis.