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Medical Marijuana

  • Haine works to extend sunset for medical marijuana program

    haine medmar extSPRINGFIELD – People who suffer from chronic illness may soon get the help they need. Legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) extending the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) to 2020 is being sent to the governor.

    With the support of Sen. Haine, the original Medical Cannabis Pilot Program was signed into law in 2013.

    Although extending the sunset of the program may be the most prominent part of this legislation, the measure also includes numerous other additions to the program, such as adding PTSD and terminal illness as qualifying conditions.

  • Harmon measure providing alternative to opioids passes committee (VIDEO)

    harmon 020718SPRINGFIELD – Legislation giving patients access to medical alternatives to prescription painkillers passed the Senate Executive Committee today.

    Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) introduced the Alternatives to Opioids Act to tackle the opioid crisis, an epidemic that killed more than 60,000 people nationwide last year.

    The measure would allow people who have been prescribed opioids for a medical condition to apply for a temporary medical cannabis card instead.

  • Hastings applauds court decision to add PTSD for medical marijuana

    hastings 041216SPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park) responded to a court decision on Tuesday that will require the State of Illinois to add Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) to the medical marijuana pilot program currently underway in Illinois.

    “It is long overdue that people suffering with post-traumatic stress, a medical issue recommended by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, will finally be able to participate in a program that can relieve some of their symptoms,” Hastings said. “This was about protecting the health and safety of veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress.”

    The judge in the ruling criticized Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah for not listening to the review board.

    “Director Shah hid from the people when it came to making a decision that could affect thousands of Illinois veterans who wanted relief from their symptoms,” Hastings said. “Rejecting their right to know why Shah denied post-traumatic stress for the medical marijuana program is simply unpatriotic.”

    The state has 30 days to comply with the court order to add PTS to the medical marijuana program. Governor Rauner currently has Senate Bill 10 on his desk that would bring the state into compliance with the court order.

  • Steans calls on Rauner to expand medical cannabis program

    med mar 012418Governor should add intractable pain to condition list, not fight it

    CHICAGO – Given a choice between showing compassion for those suffering from chronic pain or pursuing a costly legal battle, the Rauner administration should choose compassion, Senator Heather Steans said today.

    Steans (D-Chicago) called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to expand access to Illinois’ medical marijuana program by adding intractable pain to the qualifying condition list rather than appeal a judge’s order that the condition be added.