Illinois lawmakers pass major improvement to medical cannabis program, now on to the governor

Jun 01, 2018 , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

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. If you are an Illinois resident, please take a moment to voice your support for the measure with the governor’s office.

One response to “Illinois lawmakers pass major improvement to medical cannabis program, now on to the governor”

  1. Just to let you know- My husband and I both attempted to write Bruce Rauner using your portal, but after we filled in the required information, we were directed to another page to get additional information and when we filled THAT out, we got the message: “We’re sorry–that page isn’t here. You can use your back button to return to the previous page.”

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