Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill today enacting a law that legalizes the use of marijuana to treat many life-threatening and disabling illnesses. A spokesman for the governor said the new law would “ease pain for those who suffer from debilitating medical conditions.”
The bill, which establishes a four-year pilot program will allow people who suffer from 42 named ailments including HIV/AIDS, cancer and ALS to be able to legally obtain the drug with a doctor’s prescription. Patients will be allowed to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana during a two-week period. The program will authorize 22 growers throughout Illinois and allow 60 dispensaries where patients can purchase the plant.
Dr. Robbins believes medical marijuana will help some people, though he and Brooke will not be prescribing it, as it’s not indicated for migraine….. Chicago Sun-Times August 1, 2013