Illinois: Medical Cannabis Expansion Bill Passes State House, Governor Reverses Opposition

illiLegislation to expand Illinois’ medical cannabis program by extending it for two years and adding extra qualifying conditions has been passed by the state’s full House of Representatives. The proposal, introduced by Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie), was passed with an 86 to 27 vote.

Under the proposed law, the state’s medical cannabis pilot program – approved in 2013 – would be expanded from 2018, to 2020. In addition, both terminal illness and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) would be added as conditions that legally qualify an individual to become a medical cannabis patient, allowing them to possess, use and purchase cannabis and cannabis products for medical use.

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Legal Medical Cannabis Sales Begin Today in Illinois

medical cannabis salesLegal medical cannabis sales begin today in Illinois for the first time since the beginning of prohibition.

According to Joseph Wright, director of the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, eight dispensaries will be open today. That numbers will grow to a dozen by the end of the month, and up to 25 by the end of the year.

“It’s a safe industry with a strong infrastructure here in Illinois,” Ben Kovler, CEO of Green Thumb Industries, a Rock Island cultivation facility, told the Associated Press. “We’re all in touch with local police. There will be no surprises.”

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Illinois Panel Approves Medical Cannabis Use for Eight New Conditions

By Associated Press

illinoisAn advisory board voted Wednesday to add eight health conditions — including chronic pain syndrome, autism, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder — to the list of illnesses that can be treated by medical marijuana in Illinois.

The state’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Board had expressed frustration last month when Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration rejected its first 11 suggestions for expanding the list of medical conditions. Osteoarthritis and PTSD were on that earlier list, so Wednesday’s votes reaffirmed the board’s viewpoint and put the matter back in Rauner’s hands.

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Illinois State Board Recommends Migraines, PTSD and Other Ailments As Medical Cannabis Conditions

The illinoismedicalIllinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board on Monday voted to recommend a variety of medical ailments as conditions that qualify an individual to become a legal medical cannabis patient.

The Board voted 8 to 2 to recommend to the Illinois Department of Health that migraines be added as qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use. The panel voted unanimously to recommend irritable bowel syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, periphery polyneuropathy and diabetic neuropathy, and voted 7 to 4 to recommend osteoarthritis.

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