The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program is one that is constantly evolving, and indeed isn’t even quite off of its feet yet. There are a number of things that patients, families, and citizens of Illinois can do to support the program, and build it into a robust program serving those in the state that need relief from symptoms of severe illness.
There are two bills that have passed in both the Illinois House and Senate related to the state’s medical cannabis program. They only require Governor Rauner’s signature to become law.
First, HB 3299 extends the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to 4 years from the date the first dispensary organization registration is issued. Though the bill legalizing medical cannabis was passed in 2013 delays in the process have meant that medicine may not be available to consumers until fall 2015. Since the bill originally outlined a four year window from the date of passage this only leaves a two year window in which to prove the program’s potential for aiding patients. Passage of HB 3299 would ensure that the program has a full four years to make its worth known to legislators, and would ensure that patients will have the full four years to explore treatment using medical cannabis.
Second, SB 33 adds Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a qualifying condition to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
Call 217-782-0244 or click here to let the governor know you want him to support patients and sign these bills into law.
Additionally, though the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board has recommended that eleven illnesses be added to the list of qualifying conditions none have been officially added so far. In order to be finally listed as part of the program the Department of Health must sign off on each condition recommended by the board. Call the Department at 217-782-3300 to voice your support for the addition of these illnesses:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Chronic Post-Operative Pain
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease
- Neuropathy, peripheral and diabetic
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
Let your voice be heard in support of medical cannabis in Illinois!