Illinois Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis for Children and Adults with Epilepsy

A proposal that legalizes medical cannabis for those with epilepsy – including minors – has been signed into law by Illinois Governor Pay Quinnillinois. The measure, Senate Bill 2636, allows those with epilepsy to possess and consume cannabis, as well as purchase it from dispensaries, if they receive a recommendation from a physician.

Last year Illinois legalized medical cannabis, allowing the possession and state-licensed distribution of the medicine for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician. Senate Bill 2636 adds epilepsy to the list of qualifying conditions, and explicitly allows those under 18 with the condition to become a medical cannabis patient, though they would only be authorized to use cannabis extracts, and not the whole cannabis plant. Prior to the signing of this new law, an individual under 18 wasn’t allowed to become a qualified patient regardless of their condition.

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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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