Medical Cannabis and Illinois

Thousands of Illinois’ seriously ill are counting on the General Assembly to enact the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act,” sponsored by Sen. William Haine and Rep. Lou Lang. This legislation would allow certain patients to relieve their debilitating symptoms with cannabis (the scientific name for marijuana), according to their doctors’ advice, without facing arrest and incarceration.

Cannabis Has Been Proven to Have Medical Value

• Studies show that many patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other debilitating illnesses find that cannabis provides relief from their symptoms. • Available prescription drugs often come with far more serious side effects than cannabis, and many patients who find relief from cannabis simply do not respond to prescription medications. • In 1999, the prestigious Institute of Medicine reviewed the research on cannabis’s medical value and found, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting...

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Bill Status of HB0030 – Illinois

Bill Status of HB0030

Creates the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Provides that when a person has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition, the person and the person's primary caregiver may be issued a registry identification card by the Department of Public Health that permits the person or the person's primary caregiver to legally possess no more than 6 cannabis plants and 2 ounces of dried usable cannabis. Amends the Cannabis Control Act to make conforming changes, including that any registered qualifying patient or registered primary caregiver who distributes cannabis to someone who is not allowed to use cannabis is subject to a penalty enhancement of not more than 2 years in prison or a fine of not more than $2,000, or both, for abuse of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Provides that the Act is repealed...

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