Illinois Lawmakers Pass Major Improvement To Medical Cannabis Program

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I received the following legislative alert out of Illinois yesterday:

The Illinois General Assembly passed the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program Act yesterday during a whirlwind last day of its regular legislative session. If signed into law, SB 336 would allow those who could be prescribed opioid drugs to qualify for the medical cannabis program. It also dramatically improves current law by streamlining wait times and removing fingerprint requirements for patients.

Please take a moment to voice your support for the measure with the governor’s office.

This bill would provide welcome relief to thousands who need a safer alternative to harmful opioid drugs. For a summary written by bill supporters — including key changes to background checks and shortened approval process — click here. The final bill draft language is here.

A huge shout-out goes to the medical cannabis community, the warriors who worked so hard to make it happen, and primary bill sponsors, Sen. Don Harmon and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, and co-sponsors for their leadership and support. Thousands of lives could improve as a result.

But without the governor’s signature, it won’t become a reality. Gov. Rauner has 60 days from the day he receives it to sign or veto the measure, and he needs to hear from you. Please click here to take a moment to send an email message to his office. Then, spread the good news and make sure the governor hears from you and your network!

Sincerely,

Chris Lindsey
Senior Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project

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