Gov. Quinn Signs Medical Marijuana Bill
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the “Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act” today.
Illinois is now the 21st state to pass such legislation. Illinois’s medical marijuana act has some of the nation’s strongest restrictions on the cultivation, dispensing, and use of medical marijuana. Unlike other states, Illinois will not permit caregivers or patients to cultivate cannabis. Eligible patients may purchase 2.5 ounces every 14 days. There will be no more than 60 licensed dispensaries, which comply with strict rules established by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
The law takes effect on January 1st, 2014 and is a four year pilot program.
Scientific evidence has found that medical marijuana can provide relief from continual pain, nausea, and discomfort more effectively than conventional medications.