Its Official : Illinois Becomes 20th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/01/2013 in Medical Marijuana Legalization
August 1, 2013 marks the day Illinois legalized medical marijuana making it the 20th medical marijuana state in the United States. Governor Quinn signed House Bill 1 at 11:30am this morning as confirmed by the General Office of Governor Quinn. This legislation will allow the medical use of marijuana for patients with specific outlined medical conditions. Patients will soon embark on a four-year trial program where patients with a marijuana card will be legally permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana. Patients with a valid marijuana card who use medical marijuana in accordance with state will be legally protected from prosecution for the use of their marijuana.
The program will go into effect by January 1st, 2014. Patients that qualify for at least one of the thirty-three medical conditions will be permitted to obtain their marijuana from one of the 60 medical marijuana dispensaries that are planned to open. Patients who are interested in receiving their medical marijuana card must register with the state’s health department and have a written certification from their physician or a medical marijuana doctor.
Although the program is not scheduled to release marijuana cards until 2014, patients that believe they would qualify under state outlined conditions should begin to establish a bona-fide relationship with a physician who can oversee their medical health regimen with marijuana. It’s important to obtain as much information and guidance as one can before using any alternative health option.
Approved conditions for the Illinois State Medical Marijuana program : cancer; glaucoma; HIV/AIDS; hepatitis C; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); Crohn’s disease; agitation of Alzheimer’s disease; cachexia/wasting syndrome; muscular dystrophy; severe fibromyalgia; spinal cord disease; Tarlov cysts; hydromyelia; syringomyelia; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome; multiple sclerosis; Arnold Chiari malformation; Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA); Parkinson’s disease; Tourette’s syndrome; Myoclonus; Dystonia; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD); Causalgia; CRPS; 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.