Morgan Advances Legislation to Reauthorize and Improve Medical Cannabis in Illinois
Legislation received bi-partisan support in the House Human Services committee, would stabilize the program to improve the quality of life for patients
SPRINGFIELD, IL- Today, the House Human Services committee voted to advance HB 895 to the consideration of the full House. HB 895 reauthorizes the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act that is set to expire in 2020.
This new legislation would add qualifying medical conditions that were previously approved by the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.
“It is critical for the state that the pilot program be reauthorized and revised. The initial program placed a significant regulatory burden on patients. With the filing of HB 895, the new program will streamline the process and help patients and veterans suffering from debilitating medical conditions,” said Representative Morgan.
The re-authorization of the program will eliminate conflicts in state law that could lead to criminal liability for registered patients, directs the Illinois Department of Public Health to establish guidelines for the returns of damaged products, and will increase the number of designated caregivers a patient can have help them access the program.
“The patient and veteran community is looking forward to changes that will strengthen the program and ensure continued access to this vital treatment option,” said Sandy and Jim Champion, cannabis patient and veteran advocates.
You can read more about the bill here.