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Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy Approved In Illinois

Illinois medical marijuana hb 1The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois was very hard fought. After numerous failed attempts, Illinois’ Legislature finally approved a medical marijuana bill last year. While the bill was better than nothing, it was a far cry from a true medical marijuana bill. The list of qualifying conditions was one of many deficiencies in the bill.

Fortunately for those suffering from epilepsy in Illinois, epilepsy has been added as one of the qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois. Per the Huffington Post:

“This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state,” Quinn said in statement. “Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, and this much-needed relief will help to reduce some of its symptoms for those who endure seizures.”

The Illinois law, which takes effect in January, would allow children who experience seizures to be treated with non-smokable forms of cannabis, as long as they have permission from a parent.

“I have a 14-year-old constituent by the name of Hugh who lives with epilepsy,” said Republican state lawmaker Jim Durkin, who co-sponsored the new law. “His parents, Bob and Kelly, want to provide their son with as much relief as possible. Unfortunately, traditional medications and methods have not worked.”

This is a great improvement to the medical marijuana program in Illinois, and great news for those suffering from epilepsy. However, there’s still a lot of work to be done to improve Illinois’ program. If you live in Illinois, make sure to contact your legislator and keep the pressure on them to keep expanding the program. Keep doing so until every suffering patient gets the chance to use a safe form of medicine if they choose to.

  • mike1188

    What is amazing to me is state after state are acknowledgeing that marajuana is medicine. After all marijuanan is getting approved for treatment for all kinds of illnesses. Marajuana is used and has absolute proof that it works as a powerful tool in lessening the affects of these diseases. There is no pharmaceutical drug out there that can flame this as a single item that can help control so many diseases. The thing is that I can not figure out is with all of this proof from people who use marajuana for a control a life savior in many cases, why is there so many ignorant people out there that take a blind eye to the good that marijuana does. Some of these people won’t get it until it happens to the ones they love. I bet then they will be begging to try and then use marajuana because it works better than an pharmacy made drug. The other thing I don’t get is with all of these states out there admitting that yes marijuana. Works better and gives people better quality of life than any pharmacy made drug out there. Why has the FDA continually ignored the facts? Why does the FDA still live in the dark ages when pharmaceutical drugs cured and fixed everything. Guess what FDA they do not. What they do, is slightly help 1 thing and creates 20 other problems. You can get some horrible documented side affects from these pharmaceutical drugs. What side affect do you get from marajuana? Nothing that is even close to comparable to any pharmacy drug. I thing the FDA heads need to be fire and replaced with someone who doesn’t get subsidies from pharmacy companies.

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