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It's Official – Medical Cannabis Program Now Permanent; New Qualifying Conditions Added
Posted on: 8/15/2019

Last week Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2023 into law, which makes the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program a permanent program. Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois, interest in medical cannabis certification is expected to remain steady due to new taxes that will be imposed on non-medical purchases.

This legislation also expands who can access the program, increases the number of caregivers that patients can designate to help them access the program, and adds 11 new qualifying conditions: 

Access to medical cannabis was recently added for individuals who have or could receive a prescription for opioids.

Click here to view a recent webinar, which explains the details of the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.

  • Autism
  • Chronic pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Ehler-Danlos Syndrome
  • Neuro-Behcet's Autoimmune Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome

More than 80,000 patients are enrolled in the program in Illinois.

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488.

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