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    Medical marijuana will be legal Jan. 1

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    Illinois became the 20th state in the nation to allow the medical use of marijuana Thursday, with Gov. Pat Quinn signing some of the nation’s toughest standards into law.

    The measure, which takes effect Jan. 1, sets up a four-year pilot program for state-regulated dispensaries and 22 so-called cultivation centers, where the plants will be grown.

    Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, focused his remarks on how medical marijuana will help seriously ill patients, including veterans, which have been a key focus during his time in office. He also played up Illinois’ standards.

    “It’s important we do whatever we can to help ease their pain,” Quinn said Thursday at a new medical facility at the University of Chicago. “The reason I’m signing the bill is because it is so tightly and properly drafted.”

    Under the measure, only patients with serious illnesses or diseases will be allowed to obtain medical marijuana. The bill lists more than 30, such as cancer, muscular dystrophy and lupus. The patients must have established relationships with a doctor and will be limited to 2.5 ounces every two weeks.

     

    August 1, 2013 @ 11:00 am Trackback URL Posted in Industry News and tagged with , , , .