Illinois: Medical Marijuana Should Be An Option For Reducing Opioid Use

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I received the below message out of Illinois today:

State Sen. Dan Harmon is championing a bill that would allow individuals who are prescribed opioids to qualify for access to medical cannabis. His bill, SB 336, is expected to receive a hearing tomorrow in the Senate Executive Committee.

Click here to tell your senator to support SB 336 and vote “yes” if it is placed before the senator for a vote.

Hundreds of thousands of people are prescribed opioids in Illinois. These drugs carry a very high risk of dependency, and they can cause significant long-term harm including the risk of overdose death. Medical cannabis is now providing relief around the country and reducing incidents of drug overdose deaths where it is available. But Illinois is one of only three medical marijuana states where pain patients don’t qualify, unless they have a specifically listed disease.

Shouldn’t patients who are prescribed opioids be allowed a safer option?

This bill would also take the sensible step of removing the requirement that medical cannabis patients submit fingerprints, provided they qualify under the new provisions. It is a huge first step for the many Illinoisans suffering unbearable pain every day.

Please contact your senator and ask for his or her support right now.

Then, forward this email to anyone you know in Illinois who may benefit from this bill and ask them to contact their legislators as well.

Sincerely,

Chris Lindsey
Senior Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project

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