Illinois Hospice Groups See benefits Of Medical Marijuana

ILLINOIS:  Illinois is at least two months away from medical marijuana, but the prospect of using an illicit drug to treat symptoms caused by terminal illnesses is getting the attention of hospice groups.

Fourteen states have lifted bans on marijuana for patients with qualifying medical conditions, and advocates say the drug can ease pain, nausea, appetite loss and restlessness.

That’s what has places such as Hospice of Kankakee Valley open to the state’s new pot law — which will give patients affected by a limited number of illnesses access to high-grade marijuana without fear of arrest.

“There’s certainly proven medical advantages, there are certainly symptom-control advantages,” said Connie Lemon, director of nursing at Kankakee Valley. “The problem is access and legality and acceptance by the medical community.”


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