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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Cannabis Exec Helps Victims of Illinois Tornado

A picture of some of the destruction brought forth by last week's tornado in Delavan.
A picture of some of the destruction brought forth by last week’s tornado in Delavan.

People who lost their homes when a tornado roared through their small Illinois town last week received help from a top executive of a company that grows medical cannabis in the city.

Delavan Mayor Liz Skinner said on Sunday that Tim McGraw (no, not the country singer), CEO of Revolution Enterprises, is paying for hotel rooms for residents displaced by Thursday night’s tornado.

More than 50 homes were damaged from the tornado, which at one point had a wind speed of 120 mph and tore a 1-mile path through the community of just under 1,700 residents (U.S. Decennial Census).

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Illinois Legislature Passes Bill to Add PTSD as Qualifying Medical Cannabis Condition

ptsdIllinois’ full legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 33, a measure to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a qualifying medical cannabis condition.

The proposal was approved 68 to 36 yesterday by the state’s House of Representatives, and was approved 34 to 19 by the Senate earlier this month. The proposal has been sent back to the Senate before heading to Governor Bruce Rauner so that they can vote on two amendments to the bill that would clarify that medical cannabis patients aren’t prohibited from having a state Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.

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Full Illinois Senate Passes Measure to Decriminalize Cannabis

thcannabisThe Illinois Senate has voted 37 to 19 to approve legislation that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

The measure, which passed the House of Representatives last month with a 63 to 53 vote, would remove the possibility of criminal charges for the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis, reducing the offense to a civil infraction (ticket) of no more than $125. Under current Illinois law, the possession of any amount of cannabis can result in a misdemeanor charge with a potential year-long jail sentence.

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Cannabis Decrim Bill Passes Illinois Senate Committee, Already Passed House

jillyLegislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis has been approved with a 9 to 3 vote by the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee. The bill has already been approved 63 to 53 by the state’s House of Representatives.

The proposal – which is now up for a full Senate vote – would make it so that those caught possessing 15 grams of cannabis or less would no longer face the possibility of jail time or a criminal charge. Instead, they would face a ticket of no more than $125. Under current Illinois law, the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor which can result in imprisonment for up to a year.

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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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Illinois House Approves Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

With illinoisa 62 to 53 vote, the Illinois House of Representatives gave passage Thursday to House Bill 218, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Under the proposed law, those caught possessing up to 15 grams of cannabis would no longer face the possibility of jail time, but instead would face a ticket of no more than $125. Under current Illinois law, the possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis is a misdemeanor which can result in imprisonment for up to a year.

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Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization Bills Filed in Illinois

Legislationillinois to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis has been filed in the Illinois Senate, and a measure to decriminalize cannabis possession has been filed in the state’s House.

House Bill 218, filed by Representative Kelly Cassidy, would make the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis a $100 ticket with no possibility of arrest or imprisonment. The proposal would also change the penalty for possession of over 30 grams, but under 500, making it a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

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Hemp Proposal Becomes Law in Illinois

Illinois House Bill 5085, a proposal to allow universities and the state’s Department of Agriculture to studyhemptennessee industrial hemp, has officially become law. The proposal, which was passed unanimously in the state’s Senate in May, and was approved by the House shortly after with an 81 to 34 vote, took effect on January 1st.

Under the new law, an institution of higher education and the state’s Department of Agriculture is authorized to cultivate hemp if their studying the growth, cultivation and marketing of the plant.

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Program Expanding January 1st to Include Children

The Illinoisillinois Department of Public Health announced recently that beginning January 1st, the state will expand its medical cannabis program to include children.

Under the new rules, children with debilitating conditions such as seizure disorders will be able to use non-smokable forms of cannabis for medical purposes. They will, however, be required to gain approval from two doctors; adults require a recommendation from just a single physician.

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