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WIRE: Illinois Gov. signs medical cannabis expansion plan into law

Springfield, IL — Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to expand and extend the state’s medical marijuana program.

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The legislation, Senate Bill 10, extends the state’s medical cannabis program to 2020. Legislation initiating the program was set to expire in 2018.

Other changes to the program include: adding post-traumatic stress and any terminal illness as qualifying medical conditions; extending the lifespan of state-issued registry cards from one year to three years in duration; and amending the requirement that physicians must explicitly recommend cannabis therapy. Instead, physicians will only be required to certify that there exists a bona fide doctor-patient relationship and that the patient possesses a qualifying, debilitating medical condition.

The new changes in law took effect upon the Governor’s signature.

Separate legislation to reduce minor marijuana possession offenses from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil fine still awaits action from the Governor.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org or visit: http://www.illinoisnorml.org.

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