Illinois patients suffering from chronic pain may soon have a new way to treat their medical condition. On Jan. 16, 2018, Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to add chronic pain as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program.
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Two Illinois legislators have introduced bills to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. However, state Sen. Heather Steans and state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, both Democrats from the north side of Chicago, said they will not put the bills up for a vote this year. Rather, they will hold hearings on the bills with an eye toward putting them up for a vote next year.
How far are you willing to go to lobby for medical marijuana? For one Indiana man, the answer is hundreds of miles.
In a ruling that could significantly expand the use of medical marijuana in Illinois, a judge has ordered state officials to reconsider adding migraine headaches to the list of conditions that qualify a patient to buy the drug.
On May 31, 2016, the Illinois state senate voted to approve Senate Bill 10, a bill that would update the state’s medical marijuana laws.
The Illinois House on Wednesday sent a new attempt at marijuana decriminalization to Gov. Bruce Rauner. Rauner vetoed last year’s bill, saying it set the limit for possession too high—up to 15 grams—and the fines too low, between $55 and $125. The new bill would set fines at $100 to $200 for people caught with up to 10 grams of marijuana.
On May 2, 2016, the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board met to review a request to expand the state’s number of qualifying conditions. According to the Associated Press, the board voted to recommend diabetes and panic disorder as qualifying conditions.
On April 19, 2016, the Illinois State Senate voted 40-14 to approve Senate Bill 2228, a measure that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Illinois.
When Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner finally issued licenses to would-be medical marijuana businesses, it was predicted that the move would result in a slew of lawsuits and now it seems one has come to fruition.
The list of would-be medical marijuana purveyors seeking permits to locate in Chicago includes a trucking company founder and strip club owner, a former Clinton White House aide who’s now a Latino issues advocate and two brothers who own a popular bar and video game arcade.
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For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs.
April brings May flowers-and activity to legalize medical marijuana in Illinois. Last month, the state released regulations on legal medical use that were addressed at hearings held in early May. By mid-month, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) posted an update at www.mpp.org/states/illinois/ on new bills (HB 5708, HB 4299, HB 4091) designed to move medical marijuana implementation forward in Illinois.