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Castro urges Rauner to sign “Ashley’s Law”

castro 020718SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) that would allow students to have access to medical cannabis on school grounds is still waiting to be signed into law.

The measure was sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk on June 15, and he still has yet to take action.

“I am just shocked that the governor hasn’t signed this bill,” Castro said. “If we want qualified students to live as normal of a life as possible, we need to allow them to have access to their medication at all times.”

House Bill 4870 creates "Ashley's Law,” which would allow the administration of medical cannabis infused products on school premises or on the school bus to a student who is a qualifying patient.

Currently, medical cannabis is legal in Illinois, but it is still prohibited on school property.

“We have to make sure that state law is up to date,” Castro said. “That is why it is crucial that he signs this measure, so schools have enough time to implement it before the students return in the fall.”

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Legislative District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions; Higher Education; Local Government; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Transportation (Vice-Chairperson).

Associated Representative(s): Anna Moeller, Fred Crespo