Illinois Proposal to Legalize Medical Cannabis for Epilepsy, Including for Children, Passes House

A proposal to allow the use of medical cannabis for those with epilepsy – including minors – and would allow them to purchase their medicine at  dispensariesillinois2, was approved today by the Illinois House of Representatives with a 98 to 18 vote.

Last year Illinois legalized medical cannabis through a 4-year pilot program that allows the possession and state-licensed distribution of medical cannabis for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. If approved into law, this new proposal – Senate Bill 2636 – would add epilepsy to the list of qualifying conditions. It would explicitly allow for those under 18 with epilepsy to use medical cannabis extracts; currently in Illinois an individual must be 18 to use any form of medical cannabis regardless of their condition.

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