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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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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