A medical marijuana program in Illinois is set to take effect January 1st, allowing more than 40 debilitating conditions to qualify for treatment.
In August, Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana when State Gov. Pat Quinn signed the ‘Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program’ bill into law, reports DNAinfo Chicago.
The bill sets out a four-year plan involving up to 22 growers and 60 dispensaries across the state.
The bill also outlines a long list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the program, along with a clause that allows the state’s Department of Public Health to expand the list in the future:
(1) cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia/wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II), Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, or the treatment of these conditions; or
(2) any other debilitating medical condition or its treatment that is added by the Department of Public Health by rule as provided in Section 45.
Patients with these conditions will still require support from a doctor to use medical marijuana.
Still, some have labelled Illinois’ medical marijuana law as the most restrictive in the country. Other states have allowed access to cannabis for less severe conditions, such as ADHD and depression.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced further restrictions on medical marijuana businesses last week, and the state is also expected to expand its rules for the industry by January.