Quinn Signs Bill to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana in Illinois

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Sunday that will expand access to the state’s medical marijuana program. SB 2636, sponsored by Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago), expands the qualifying conditions of the program to include seizure disorders, such as epilepsy and those associated with brain injuries. Illinois is now one of 23 states with workable medical marijuana programs that allow the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of seizure disorders. SB 2636 will also allow the health department to develop rules so that minors may participate in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program if they receive parental consent in addition to recommendations from their physicians. Illinois was one of three states with workable medical marijuana programs that prohibit minors from participating.

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