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Illinois Medical Marijuana Law Takes Effect Today

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Illinois medical marijuana hb 1It has been a long road for medical marijuana patients in Illinois, and unless you suffer from a very short list of qualifying conditions, the road will be even longer. Illinois’ very strict medical marijuana law takes effect today. Illinois doesn’t allow home cultivation, and doesn’t have any dispensaries open yet, so the law taking effect today is largely symbolic.

According to Illinois’ medical marijuana law, patients will eventually be able to obtain up to “2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days and that is derived solely from an intrastate source.” The phrase ‘derived solely from an interstate source’ is going to be the sticking point for medical marijuana patients in Illinois. There currently are no interstate sources, and without home gardens, it’s going to be tough to get safe access, even after dispensaries open. Illinois will be a lot like New Jersey, where shortages are frequent, and safe access leaves a lot to be desired.

In order to become a patient in Illinois, you must suffer from one of the following conditions:

cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia/wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II), Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, or the treatment of these conditions

If you live in Illinois and believe in safe access to medical cannabis, than you can see that your work is far from over. It’s time to fight for a REAL medical marijuana program, which allows home cultivation and has many, many more qualifying conditions. The current program is obviously better than nothing, but it is far from where it should be.

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  • strider

    all the rules and regs have been published today at http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/mcpp/Pages/default.aspx

  • strider

    just read you have to have $25k non refundable application fee, $250k operating cash, and $2 million surety bond to get a grow license. Well f’n Mansanto strikes again.

  • Ron Hess

    It matters a lot. 1. it’s important that the problem isn’t made worse by mold, pesticides or other chemicals. 2. Medicinally, the benefits are strain specific. reduce rstop seizuressyndrome requires a very precise blend of CBD/THC ratio to reduce or stop seizures. Alzheimer’s requires a blend toward high THC , lower CBD and lots of raw THCa (juiced).

  • ill sucks

    This law is a piece of trash . Anyone with PTSD and other conditions that make life not worth living , that are not on the qualifying list, mite as well move. I plan to

  • responsible

    It’s better for u to smoke then sigs and it’s better then beer and safer.

  • responsible

    They should let residents grow in are house so the ppl that don’t like weed that will not have to see it or for that fact no one would have to see it so it would be like no is doing eneythan. 2 if they mad it legal that could taxi it and save us from tucking are country.

  • jammcooter

    and largely because it is federally illegal, take that all away, we’d be fine to at least grow our own, frig buying it.