Changes to IL law allowing medical cannabis as opioid alternative set to go into effect

(An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Illinois was requiring the state’s medical marijuana industry workers to obtain certifications. That provision was taken out of Senate Bill 1707.)

Illinois will see some new wrinkles to its medical marijuana laws this year that could have some effect on how MMJ firms do business in the state.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Alternative Opioids Act, signed into law in August by Gov. Bruce Rauner, allows the use of medical marijuana as an alternative to highly addictive opioids.
  • There is a requirement that patients in the state have doctors’ notes confirming their conditions qualify them to use MMJ as an opioid alternative, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. So, beginning as soon as Jan. 31, qualifying patients will need a doctor’s signoff before they can apply for a 90-day medical card through the state’s new Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.
  • The opioid program is expected to provide an enormous boost to the state’s MMJ program.

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7 comments on “Changes to IL law allowing medical cannabis as opioid alternative set to go into effect
  1. John Frazier on

    It would be nice and I feel effective if all the states would make medical legal to people who have been perscribed opiates for over 6 months. Would certainly stop the opiate epidemic. Only pray our law makers find some common knowledge before they meet on this .

  2. Bk on

    Ok if I switch from my pain pill to mmj will I lose my conceal and carry license. I READ BEFORE IF HAD MMJ THAN YOU COULD NOT CARRY OR LOSE LICENSE.

  3. Patricia Falvey on

    You would qualify for a cannabis card which lasts for one or three years, your preference. No criminal background check is required. You don’t have to mention that. You just can’t have a CDL. Look up Illinois requirements to qualify for a cannabis card. All medical conditions are listed, including PTSD.
    Next, contact one of the “cannabis doctors” and they’ll walk you through the process. .
    Good luck. PF

  4. Tom Sepka on

    Good luck getting a sign-off from your primary care doctor here in Illinois. I’ve tried. As long as cannabis is still illegal at the federal level, they won’t go near it.

    • Tina Torry on

      My primary dr is the only dr in the south suburbs (Plainfield) and he actually had his office handle the paperwork for me. His name is dr pethkar at suburbanhealthcare. In case anyone is in need

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