Medical Marijuana

Illinois Lawmakers Pass Bill to Replace Opiate Prescriptions with Medical Marijuana

On June 15th, 2018, people in the state of Illinois who have a prescription for opiate painkillers may be eligible for medical marijuana. Today, lawmakers passed a bill allowing anyone with a prescription for opiates to be eligible for the state’s medical marijuana program. Illinois Medical Marijuana Program With passing the new law, Illinois joins other states at looking to medical marijuana to help in the fight against opiate addiction and overdose deaths. Senator Don Harmon, a Democrat from Oak Park, Il, and sponsor of the state senate bill said, “As we see the horrible damage inflicted by opioid use and misuse, it seems like a very low-cost and low-risk alternative.” The Alternatives to Opiates Act would allow millions of people to apply for temporary access to the state’s existing med...

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