Illinois will be expanding its medical marijuana pilot program to allow medical marijuana for patients with epilepsy, which will include children. Governor Pat Quinn just signed the new bill.
Governor Quinn stated “This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state. Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, and this much needed relief will help to reduce some of its symptoms for those who endure seizures. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is now designed to help our fellow citizens of all ages by allowing its strictly controlled use for specific medical conditions.”
The new bill will allow patients suffering from seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy, get access to medical marijuana under the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, which was approved in 2013 but has yet to be fully implemented. The first dispensaries are expected to open in late 2014 or early 2015.
The bill also allows minors, 18 and under, to have access to medical marijuana for epilepsy, or any of the other qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. Minors will be limited to marijuana extracts, such as oils and infused edibles. In addition to a doctor recommendation, minors will also need parental consent to enroll in the medical marijuana program.