How to get a medical marijuana card in Illinois
Posted September 28, 2018 07:14:33 Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow patients to use medical marijuana in the state, a major victory for advocates of the drug and a sign that the medical marijuana debate is coming back.
Lawmakers approved the measure Friday after weeks of debate that focused on protecting patients from potential legal action from patients who want to use the drug.
The bill would require medical marijuana to be available for patients to possess or cultivate their own marijuana, which is currently legal in only a handful of states.
It would also allow patients who have an existing medical condition, or who have a caregiver or other authorized person with the legal authority to provide care to them to obtain a valid state-issued medical marijuana license.
Supporters of medical marijuana say they want to make the state a model for other states, where the law has been in place since 2014.
Opponents of the bill say it will lead to increased police and prison time for patients and drive up costs for taxpayers.
Bruce Rauner’s office released a statement Friday that said the law would allow people who have “serious medical conditions” to use marijuana and would not interfere with existing laws regulating the use of other drugs.
The new law will go into effect on July 1.