Illinois: Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Expansion Law

Springfield, IL: Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzer has signed legislation into law expanding the pool of qualifying patients eligible for medical cannabis therapy.

Senate Bill 2023, which took effect upon signing, permits physicians to recommend medical cannabis for patients diagnosed with autism, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, and several other conditions. It also permits physician assistants and registered nurses to issue cannabis recommendations.

The Governor also signed separate legislation into law (SB 455 aka Ashley’s Law) mandating school districts to permit "a school nurse … to administer a medical cannabis infused product to a student who is a registered qualifying patient while on school premises." The new law takes effect on January 1, 2020.

An estimated 40,000 Illinois residents are registered in the state’s medical cannabis access program.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500, or visit Illinois NORML.