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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.

“This program was signed into law three years ago and still has yet to be effectively implemented due to bureaucratic barriers from the previous administration,” Haine said. “This legislation sets a new deadline for this program to get up and running. It is time to quit dragging our feet. Let’s get this done and give patients access to the relief they need.

“I appreciated very much working with the governor’ staff and the Illinois Department of Public Health to approve the law with this trailer bill,” Haine added.”

Haine has worked on the program since passing the original legislation in 2012. Last year he passed a measure that would also extend the MCPP, but the governor vetoed part of the legislation.

Senate Bill 10, passed out of the Senate Tuesday with vote of 50 to 7 and now awaits approval on the governor’s desk.

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