Medical Marijuana Can Be A Legal Pain

ILLINOIS:  The new Illinois law that allows marijuana to be used as medicine contains some legal quirks that could be challenging for patients seeking relief from 40 ailments covered under the law, expected to be in full bloom next spring.

With approval in July of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, the state joined 24 others that have legalized medical marijuana.

Navigating the more than 300 pages of rules is the first requirement for patients and those interested in joining the limited number of businesses that will be approved to grow and dispense the substance, said Illinois State University Professor Ralph Weisheit.

The four-year pilot project makes the drug available to treat many serious diseases, including cancer, spinal cord disease, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. Unlike other states, the Illinois statute does not allow marijuana to be taken for chronic pain not linked to a qualifying condition.


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