Illinois expands medical cannabis access

  • Illinois expands medical cannabis access

Illinois expands medical cannabis access

Gov. J.B. Pritzker uses a news conference at Springfield's Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation on Monday, Aug. 21, 2019, to describe the benefits of two bills he signed into law affecting the state's medical-marijuana program. The other bill makes it easier for children treated with cannabis-infused products to be administered the products during the school day.

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The law takes effect on July 1, 2020. The other adds 11 new conditions to the eligibility requirements including those who suffer from chronic pain, IBS, osteoarthritis, anorexia, migraines, and autism.

Advance practice nurses and physician's assistants also now have the power to prescribe medical marijuana to patients. Both advance practice registered nurses and physician assistants are now authorized to prescribe opioids to patients where appropriate. It also prevents patient referrals to other health care professionals exclusively for the purposes of certification, prohibits the use and sale of smokable cannabis to persons under age 21 to align the program with the recently passed Tobacco 21 legislation and repeals location restrictions for medical cannabis dispensaries beginning July 1, 2019.