ILLINOIS: Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state’s new medical marijuana program.
Medical professionals find themselves at the center of a quickly changing legal landscape with minimal scientific research to back the claims of those extolling marijuana’s therapeutic benefits.
“It’s already an issue,” said Dr. Martha Twaddle of Barrington-based JourneyCare, which specializes in end-of-life care. “People are asking, ‘What about marijuana?'”
Illinois is among 23 states that have made medical marijuana legal. Illinois’ new law is on the restrictive side, with a limited list of qualifying health conditions. But one — spinal cord disease — could be broadly interpreted to cover any patient complaining of back pain.